I have been a co-caretaker, along with my aunt, for my diabetic grandmother, who also has dementia, since my grandfather passed away last December. After my GPA’s death, I took a month off of work to help GMA recover and establish new routines without GPA. However, now that I am back at work (60+ hours/week), I’m having trouble convincing my aunt that I can no longer aid my grandma in the same capacity as when I took the time off. I have tried several times over the weeks and months to communicate with her that I am burned out, and that we desperately need a professional caretaker to help out at least a couple of hours a day. What’s worse is she disappears for hours without communicating to us where she is or when she will return on a daily basis. I have sacrificed my health, social life and intellectual pursuits - and all because I love my grandma and feel guilty leaving her hanging. I can’t help but feel hopeless in this situation, especially because I have no financial power or ability to make medical decisions. I have tried emailing her, texting her, leaving notes, talking to her — all to no avail. I even told her a few times I have to step away from my duties so I can regain my health back, but she has ignored that as well, knowing that I don’t have the heart to actually follow through with it without some sort of support or backup system for GMA. I should add that moving out is not an option for me now, as I am shipping off to graduate school within the next four months. What should I do?