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Dear Rachael, My father is 88 years olds, diagnosis vascular dementia. Days are spent sleeping in a chair or closing his eyes and telling me he’s meditating. The suggestions (Five Reasons for TV) didn’t work for him and was told he doesn’t want to do anything, doesn’t return calls left on his phone nor meet up with his friends. He may have frontotemperal lobe damage as he’s been saying he’s hungry and eats too much food to the point where he’s making himself sick and gaining weight. What to do?

He sounds like he has depression. Look up the GDS, Geriatric Depression Scale, and see if the items sound like him. He needs a diagnosis from a professional and probably some light depression medication.

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