Just want to say this forum has given me so much guidance. I am 68 years old, female, with severe back injury, depression and anxiety. I currently care for my mother in an apartment we share. She has Dementia, and a number of other illnesses with Dementia progressing. She is beginning to make constant demands, won't shower, and will not take her medicine if left alone. I do have 2 caregivers helping me to get out of the house but as I've been doing this now for 10 years, I am starting to miss having a social life more and more. This situation is very isolating for me as well as her. She refuses to go to an adult day care where she could at least mingle with others in her age group. I've recently met a nice man whom I would like to go to dinner with or a movie occasionally. I've told him my circumstances and he does empathize with me but I think this relationship will be short lived as all my other desires like working part time. It all goes back to my full time responsibility to my mother. It just is not a normal lifestyle for anyone. Is it even possible to have a normal life as a caregiver for a parent? I don't have the finances to hire in home care everyday. How do you put aside your dreams so your mother can live comfortably? She would not survive a nursing home as she is used to having me wait on her. Wilting away.