I think this is one on the hardest times of my life emotionally. My dad, Ray has always been my rock, strong, powerful, inventive, giving, teaching, loving and protective. Now it's our turn to do all that and more for him. Last week we had to admit him to an aged care home. On a respite basis at the moment but I have no doubt it will be permanent. His health and his ability to do day to day tasks independently is declining. His long term memory and ability to know his family is still fine but this is marred with some confusion and anxiety. He is 82 tomorrow. We will have cake!! Life is not fair sometimes. Love you Dad!