I lived with my grandma growing up. I no longer live there. Now she is in her late 80's and having difficulty with balance and strength. She is mentally all there (although she forgets things and has trouble "thinking outside the box"- she will only do things the way she has always done them, even if it doesn't make the most sense). QUESTION: is it bad to allow her to make decisions like going down the stairs alone to the basement (very dangerous for her) or doing other physical things on her own? I feel like she is a grown woman and knows the risks and should be allowed to take them if she wants. Is that bad? I feel very uneasy about taking away a person's freedom of choice. If she knows something is dangerous for her and does it anyway-how bad is that, really? What is the point of prolonging her life and taking away her free will just so everyone else can get a few more years of her company? (not that there is anything wrong with that if those are your choices) Am I the only one who feels this way? We have relatives going over on a weekly schedule to help with groceries, cleaning and laundry. So there is no NEED for her to take the risks she takes, besides the fact that she WANTS to.