I just visited my mother. She is 83, has serious problems with high blood pressure, scoliosis with arthritis, hearing aids, has had cataract surgery, she has no sense of smell or taste as a result of shingles, and has trouble motivating herself to eat. She told me this weekend that she has early Alzheimer’s, which is no surprise. I asked her this weekend, after much hesitation, about funeral plans.
She lives in elderly housing, and is still independent. My sister and her family live in the same town. My sister counts out the pills into a tray every week.
I’m needing some advice, and prayers on this.
She really hopes she will die before the mental deterioration gets to nursing-home stage. Next time I will take the initiative in conversation, because of the long gaps where she can’t think of anything to say.