My mom was diagnosed with vascular dementia in october 2015, but as is the case we are sure she had it much longer before that. In the last 6 months she went from being fairly independent, to now fully incontinent, in bed 85% of the time (other 15% spent in a recliner). She has reached a point where she has NO appetite. She drinks water, and will occasionally have a bite or two of a banana. I can see her wasting away. She sleeps a lot but when she is awake is pretty alert. How much longer can she go on like this? It is heart breaking to watch. My dad died about 2 years ago and had not only COPD but cancer of the esophagus. He wasted away as well before he died since he struggled to eat from the cancer. It is heartbreaking to watch. Has anyone else had a loved one not eat, but still drink water?