The Accidental Caregiver

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You’ve heard people say it and maybe you have even said it yourself. “Don’t worry Mom or Dad, I’ll take care of you in your old age.”

This always seems to be a simple loving gesture on your part as you see them beginning to age and settle into retirement. The thought of their actually failing in health or mental capabilities seems absurd or at most, years down the road. Thus it catches most children and spouses unprepared and sometimes surprised when their loved one needs care and help with daily living activities.

A stroke, injury or sudden illness may result in the immediate need for a significant caregiving commitment. On the other hand a slowly progressing infirmity of old age or the slow onset of dementia may require intermittent caregiving. Either way, if you have not made provisions for this, you will accidentally become a “caregiver.” Former first lady Rosalynn Carter made this statement…continue reading.

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