My mother had a stroke on August 10 and has had constipation issues every month since then. We have taken her to Emergency 4 times since August. She has lived in an A.L. with a geriatic doctor. We know the A.L. to have a well-balanced diet for my mother. My mother refuses to eat her vegetables or leave her room. She has dysphasia and aphasia since her stroke and is embarrassed by how her words come out jumbled. She does not always feel comfortable in eating with others. When I visit her I bring her Prune juice, plums, graham crackers, Metamusil wafers, bananas anf Vitamin water. She is taking Colace twice a day and has been doing so for the last year. Her medications: Aricept, Vitamin D, Wellbutrin, Synthroid, Diovan, Centrum, Enablex, Colace, baby aspirin. I am planning to call her Dr. today. I try to get mom to take walks with me with her walker but she claims she is too tired and just wants to stay in her room. But, she seems fine when we go for outings to the Beauty shop or for home visits. I pray for her and try to encourage her and get her involved with various activities at the A.L. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks for allowing us to vent on this site. I have greatly appreciated this site and have learned so much, and hopefully have been encouraging others.