My mother is depressed and we both don't know how to deal with resolving it, but it's about more than just depression. I just didn't know where to post this. Up to a year ago, my 93-year-old mother was getting around easily with her walker, sometimes her cane and other times without either one. People were always amazed at how much younger she looked and acted, then she fell and broke her leg, not due to feebleness but while she was walking her cane slipped on a doggy pad that was in her hallway. She broke her leg, was in rehab for a month and came home, but that was a year ago. Since she came home, she's been sleeping 15 hours a day and when I get her up, she sits in her chair and within a couple hours or sooner, she's asleep again and I can't keep her awake. We've talked about it and she tells me that she does NOT want to sleep like that, and she says she wants to be going out doing things like she used to. The doctor tells her there's nothing wrong with her, no infections or anything . But because of the fact she has 2 artificial knees that are wearing out badly, that she got several years ago and her broken leg a year ago, she can't use a mobility scooter or wheelchair because bending her knees is too uncomfortable after 5 or 6 minutes. The doctor doesn't want her to keep her legs lifted up and straight out as she sleeps so much to begin with. He claims she should be bending them now and then to keep them healthy. We don't know what to do. She does not want to be isolated to laying down or sitting the rest of her life as she needs to get out and do things and enjoy the time she has left on this earth. If she goes to a nursing home, she would die of the lonliness of not having family and her memory would be gone in not time at all. Here at home she doesn't get confused and her memory is easy to jog just by reminding her. The few times she's been relocated, she began to lose memories of living at home and events that occured while living there. Once at home her memory began to become normal again. Her doctor suggested both nursing home and assisted living, but she doesn't want either lifestyle. She hated assisted living when she was in one a few years ago. She likes the freedom of being home and me being with her. Our main concern now is how can she get out and about with her knees in the condition they're in. It's imperative to her happiness that she's able to get out and about to visit friends, play games at the office here in the apartment complex and go to Walmart. She loved going to Walmart all the time before she fell last year. She does not want to live like a bed ridden invalid anymore, which is the way she's been living for a year now. It's effecting her badly: depression and boredom and everything negative.