Unexplained, alcohol-fueled depression in previously active parents.
My parents are in their early 70s. They are former marathon runners, health food freaks, etc. They have stopped doing everything over the past 1+ year. Now they drink alcohol all day, mom started smoking, they do not eat reguarly or well, they have given up all excercise. Housework and hygiene have tanked. Everything is "overwhelming" according to my Mom. Other than alcoholism and depression, there are NO known health issues. Finances are good. Family relationships are good. I CANNOT understand why they are not out enjoying life. All they do is sit around the house and drink and stew about how awful life is. I invite them to our home, and they mostly refuse. Often they cancel at the last moment after I have bought and prepared food. This included last Christmas, and then we spent Mother's Day in the emergency room since my mother went several days with no food or water and was totally dehydrated and fell out. They do not live with me, but live four houses down the street. I am at a loss.