I am blessed to have my elderly parents still in my life, my mom is 93 and my dad is 90. My mom has home health care, 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours at night, mostly to get her into bed and get her ready in the morning, and again to get her dinner and get her into bed, as she is disabled. Both of my parents still have their wits although my mom has been slipping a little over the past 6 months (mostly short term memory but nothing serious at this point). My mom forgets some things and she will ask the same question right after I gave her an answer. Usually I am patient but at times I get ruffled.
Just this morning she called and said some lawyer called her and said they have $500,000 coming their way. They are usually very good with these spam callers, but although they did not give out and bank info or social security info, this guy managed to get their address and their ages.
Of course I was very firm with her when she called and told me this. She was upset and I said we always talk about this. The guy actually had them on the phone for 1/2 hour. Probably nothing will happen but I told her that they now have her address and ages. Her caregiver was sitting with them the whole time listening but didn't get involved.
There is nothing more I despise then these spam callers preying on the elderly.
I do a lot for my mom and dad (mow the yard, grocery shop etc.). I don't mind at all but I don't like the feeling when I get upset with them, My mom says they feel like the kids now; she laughs but I know they must feel bad living so long and having to listen to me tell them things for their own good. It also must be bad to live in the world we have today where they can't trust people like they used to.
Just a side note, they had a non violent home invasion 6 years ago and they felt terrible about how they let the people in believing they were helping them with something. They were not physically hurt but the scumbags took lots of their banking info and cash. Imagine living in this time now then when they were in their prime many years ago being able to trust almost every.