My 88 year old mother does not have any "serious" ailments -- no diabetes or heart trouble, anything like that. She did just have a mastectomy this year and has high blood pressure. She does have dementia which seems to get worse day by day. She has not interests and is depressed about not being able to do things she used to do, and about losing relatives who have passed on. She seems to have aged dramatically over the past 6 months, and I have the feeling she won't be around much longer. It is like she has given up and is just waiting to die.