Dear Carol: My dad has been Mom’s caregiver since her stroke 10 years ago. Dad’s 79 and healthy except for Type 2 diabetes. I visit my parents every few days to help them out so I set up both of their medications for the week, but Dad often leaves the diabetes medication in the pillbox. When I ask him why he says that the medication makes him feel dizzy and sluggish so he hates taking it. I remind him of the possible complications of diabetes but he brushes me off because his weight is normal and he used to be physically active. That makes no sense since he has diabetes no matter what he did in the past, but somehow he uses his past to rationalize his lack of care with his medication. I’m terrified that I’ll lose my dad before his time, but I feel insane from arguing. What can I do about this? — DG.
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