My dad is a stubborn, aging, covert narcissist. He currently has trouble replacing his hearing aid batteries and will not allow anyone to help him with this task. Recently, he has lost his ability to speak. I’m thinking it’s more “use it or lose it.” All my life, my dad was silent. He never talked much. I told his AL facility and his doctor. No response from either. My dad is refusing to put batteries in his hearing aids and has dyslexia so doesn’t like to write. He’s on no medication and has early dementia and up until recently could communicate very well. I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what actions if any were taken? I got him throat lozenges but I haven’t seen him since last week. Is this a sign of dying? He eats periodically and drinks water regularly. He also has a daily protein shake. He’s on no medication and other than hearing loss, slight dementia and now, no voice, he is relatively healthy. He has a walker because he falls a lot. He’s all skin and bones, nearly skeletal. His very existence is awful. He just sits and sleeps all day and periodically eats in the dining room. He is unable to do any reading or sudoku puzzles anymore. He can’t hear and can’t talk-now what?