My father has vascular dementia, which has mostly affected his short-term memory. He has had 3 stents put in over the last 5 years, one of these was in June. He is on Crestor, Namenda, Atenolol, Clopidergrel, Low Dose Aspirin, & Donezapil and he has a pacemaker. He has been depressed for many years. Long before his heart problems occurred--I am inclined to believe the depression contributed to his heart problems. My mother has had two major surgeries on her spine in the last 6 months and they have been living with me while she recovers. At first he was determined to get home, but he has accepted that its not going to happen for awhile yet. All he does is sleep anymore. Sometimes he reads. He barely eats. I am sure some of his lethargy is a side effect of his medications, but not all of it surely? He has almost no initiative. What I am wondering is given all his medications, would an antidepressant be of any help to him? He will be 80 in a few months. He has been an active man all of his life, with many passions like gardening and cooking and friends and he's just kind of . . . stopped. He is not hard to care for. I just know he would feel so much better if he took a walk now and then and moved his body, but I also know I can't make him do anything. Am I just trying to find a way to change something that cannot be changed?