Dear Carol: After suffering a stroke, my dad was diagnosed with early-stage vascular dementia. So far, other than having one weak side, Dad is independent and wants to do things for himself including minor maintenance and planting flowers around his condominium. When we tell him he should leave these jobs to others he says that he enjoys “puttering,” and he needs a reason to get out of bed. I do worry about him, but he’s shown he’s capable of making good decisions so he wouldn’t take on projects that common sense says he should not attempt. My sister, on the other hand, says that we should insist he give up all the maintenance and gardening because he could fall and get hurt. Who is right? - GK
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