I realize my father has vascular dementia and is 78 years old, but he also has a vast array of other problems; diabetes type ll insulin dependent, gout, congestive heart failure, COPD/emphysema, a permanent colostomy from colon cancer, coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), ploymyalgia rheumatica PMR, depression, and a pace maker due to chronic systolic heart failure, but I cannot get an honest answer from his geriatrician, not even an estimate of how much longer this man has to live. He is exhibiting stages 5 and 6 of the vascular dementia. Has anyone else had problems getting a physician to give you a guesstimation of how much longer your loved one has to live?
I realize with everything he has going on, it's hard to give me a definitive time line, but that's not what I'm asking for! I just want to know 1 year, 2 years or 5 or more?
Forgive me for being selfish, but I'd like to be able to make future plans in my life and I can barely make plans to go out on a Friday night!