Like the topic says, how do you deal with sick parents? My mom has Parkinson's disease and has probably had a stroke. She's pretty weak and shaky physically. Even worse, she'll get 1/2 a thought out and her face will go blank and she'll have forgotten what she was saying. If I can pick enough information from the 3 or 4 words she said before losing her train of thought then I can help her get back to her thought. If not, then it's just lost forever. I guess I don't know how to act around her. I want to be as normal as I can, but it's tough not to be affected by all the twitching caused by Parkinson's. Also, we were looking at the vegetable garden last night, and she fell, snapping a wooden plank that was holding down some black earth covering we use to keep weeds from growing. Luckily she snapped the wood and not her hip. Anyway, whenever I'm close to her, I'm always on edge so I can catch her if she falls. She pretty much refuses to use a walker or any other helper device but she wants to be independent, so she's always falling (my dad got her one of those life alerts after an incident last week). Tuesday night has become my dinner with my parents night. I have to go because I want to be with her as much as possible before she loses all ability to walk and talk. But, I always leave very sad as I watch her condition deteriorate. How do you folks deal with this?