I'm writing a new blog post dealing with the life changes that come with a parent suffering from dementia and have been totally unsuccesful in finding any writings of the Church Fathers that address a child's care of their aged parents. Most of the writings say to the effect, once his parents died he left for the desert. Surprisingly, I haven't even found any writings on the websites of the OCA, GOA, AAOC, etc... dealing with the care of elderly parents. Am I missing something or is there just not much out there? This is a hard article to write because of the tension that seems to come from the biblical injunction to honor our parents, and Christ's teachings which both say love God even above your family but yet he took care of his own Mother on the Cross. I could write my own opinion but I'd rather have patristic sources to rely on.
Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated, and this will help me personally too since my 87 year old mother has developed noticeable symptoms of vascular dementia just since early November. Her memory had been slipping during the past year, but was brought to a head with some TIA episodes. My siblings and I are in the process now of taking over more of her care and financial responsibilities. It's a very difficult time right now for all of us, but I realize so many people are in the same position. Thanks!