My mother is 86 and uses a walker for balance. She has arthritis in her knees but says it doesn't hurt to walk. She will walk at her Dr. appts. from parking lot to office and to get her hair done.
But going to the grocery store makes her crabby & nasty to me, her daughter, that I won't do it for her. I do buy 85% of her food so she only needs to go once a month or month & a half-to get the personal items she needs to pick out. All her doctors (3) and the physical therapist say she needs to walk more and should be able to do this. She has exercises that she is to do to help strengthen her legs/knees.(She has disliked going to get her groceries for the last several yrs. now.) Nurse Pract. says there is some dementia but she hasn't been tested except w/ the simple Alz. test.--clock face and remember the 3 words which she did ok. If she could she would not walk anywhere outside her house. Doesn't seem to have a phobia to keep her housebound though. She can't understand and doesn't want to remember that walking inside is not enough to keep her legs strong. I'm tired of fighting this battle over and over and taking the nasty attitude and comments. She does take an antidepressant already. Any thoughts?