I work 40 hours overnights at a residential home for disabled individuals. I am also my mother's 40 hour a week paid caregiver during the days. I can take care of all of her physical problems and help with ADLs and all that is required to keep her physically healthy. She is wheelchair bound and has some dementia. She's 84 and lives with me. I'm single and its just the two of us and a cat. When I get out of my overnight shift, I'm tired and need sleep. She has been lonesome all night long and wants to chat my ear off. If I do go to bed, she yells at me a lot to keep conversation. I am able to do both jobs well, and while I'm working overnights, I have a relative who's "on call" for mom, if there's a problem, so that's okay. But the issue I'm talking about right now is this: I am a quiet type of person who has my own hobbies and interests, which I like to engage in when I have any spare time. They alleviate the anxiety I have from working with mom. Mom only plays solitaire and does crossword puzzles, which are her only interests at all, unless she can get me to play games with her, which I really don't like to do. I don't like to watch much tv either, which she wants me to do with her for hours on end. We don't share any common interests. I feel guilty and end up playing the same games with her over and over and watching shows that don't interest me. If I spend time doing what interests me, she keeps asking me if I ever plan on coming out to the living room to be with her. I don't go out much with friends, because she wants me around all the time. She gets bored frequently and depends on me to keep her "entertained." I get tired and depressed a lot and don't feel like doing much more than what's expected of me, at times. I simply feel like without me, she is bored to death, and I even feel guilty for not wanting to play with the cat! Am I doing wrong? I try to encourage her to find things to do, but she only wants to do things with me. Help.