My elderly father who is 82, is gotten increasingly disrespectful to my Mother, to the point that I believe it is verbal abuse. He is constantly negative, yelling at her, and just seems like he is so unhappy with his life. My Mom is a doll, she really is the picture perfect "Mrs. Smith" (and she makes great pies too!!). She has a heart of gold. I can see her trying to do other things to keep busy. She gardens, paints, and try's to stay active. Dad on the other hand, wants her to be by his side watching TV all day and night. He doens't understand her other hobbies, and is very vocal about he doing things. He even yells at her when she comes to my house to help out (I have a two year old and five year old). He tells her she is basically dumb everytime she asks a question, and has called me large and ugly just recently. This is NOT the Dad I use to know. I have expressed this with my only other sibling, and he listens, but doesn't seem to think it's too urgent, as I don't believe he knows the severity of it, as he only see's them about 4x a year. I fell like I am trying to comfort Mom, who is walking on egg shells every day of her life, but yet I need to do more. I have expressed to Mom to take Dad to the doctor, and that he needs a "happy pill" or estrogen or something, but all she says is that he won't go. I am at my witt's end. It is becoming VERY bad, to the point my father has embarrassed my Mother so much that she no longer wants to do things with him. Any idea's or thoughts?