Communicaring: When Siblings Need to Talk About an Aging Parent

Taking care of elderly parents can create a unique dynamic among siblings. The people who spent two decades of their own lives making your needs central to their lives, are now themselves in great need. That fact alone can be a hard reality to embrace. Different siblings may have different emotional reactions to this new phase of life. As well, there are going to be many practical issues that siblings need to discuss concerning their parents so that the best decisions are made for everyone involved. But you can’t overlook the reality that all of these decisions are being made in the context of strong emotions and past family norms.

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Details, Details, Details…

“So, where do I begin?” When you suddenly find yourself in the position of caring for or making decisions for an elderly person this is a natural first question. The issues surrounding elder care are complex. It’s hard to know what is expected of you in this new role. The lingo and the medical terminology can be daunting. A whole new realm of information needs to be tracked and organized. The sheer volume of it can be overwhelming.

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Sandwiched: Combatting Loneliness in Your New Role

We live in an amazing time. Modern healthcare advances have increased the average life expectancy in the United States from 47 years in 1900 to the mid-seventies today. According to the Census Bureau projections, there will be approximately 70 million Americans age 65 and older by the year 2030. Nine million of those will be from our fastest growing population segment – 85 years and older.

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