My mom suffers from several health issues including early dementia and is being very stubborn on taking care of herself or listening to me or her doctor. She doesn’t take her meds correctly, refuses to eat some days, and laughs when we tell her to stop doing the physical activities that hurt her conditions further. I suspect this is for attention?
I understand she’s having a hard time accepting her limitations and the fact she’s sick and gaining, but I also can’t force her to eat or take meds, etc. The issue is she gets very sick as a result of her poor decisions. How can I help her maintain her sense of purpose and identity, while making her understand she needs to step back and accept help? She lives with me and won’t let me cook for her or do laundry, on top of all that, she tries to take care of my little kids (which is so sweet) but is way too demanding of her, health wise.