It is a beautiful day out today. My mother (86 yo) and I went to the doctor after she had been watching TV all day. When we got home, I said it would be a great day to go outside and visit. She tried to turn on the TV, instead. The remote control was messed up, so it wouldn't come on. She has lost the ability to handle it, so she called me. I told her no, I wasn't going to turn the TV on when she needed to go out for a while. She got really angry at me, but I just went for a walk without straightening the TV out.
My mother is still able to walk and talk to people, but she is pulling inside herself more. This puts a lot on me, because she dwells more on herself and relies on me totally for companionship. I need help with this, because being with her means just listening to her symptoms for as long as I can tolerate it. She talks about other things with friends. With me she talks symptoms, like she wants me to fix them.
Does there come a time when we just let them watch TV if they want? or is this enabling them to not make social contacts. To me, it would have been easier to just turn on the TV, but I didn't think it was best for her.