My mother is pretty stable right now though she has a number of serious things wrong. She still is living independently (barely) with some hired help. She's had multiple TIA's and walking is difficult though her recent round of physical therapy has helped a lot. She is supposed to be using a walker but instead uses her cane most of the time - no one can stop her. The last TIA scared her enough that she finally made out a will and DPOA (unfortunately only kicks in if declared incapacitated). Ever since then when I talk to her she drops these comments in out of left field about how she might not live that long or IF she lives that long etc. I'm not sure how to respond to this. Given her medical risk factors (stroke and heart) it is possible she could die tomorrow which is a hard truth I've been living with for some time, but I think she is only beginning to realize. But it's also possible she could continue to live many years as well. I feel like she's bringing up her impending death too as a form of manipulation toward me also - for more attention or worry from me. How best should I handle this???