If you are currently caring for an elderly relative, you are certainly not alone. Recent surveys indicate as many as 42 million of us are in that situation, and from health care decisions to navigating the world of assisted living and nursing homes, it can all be a little overwhelming.
In this episode I talk to Bruce Feiler, a New York Times columnist and best selling author, about the things we all need to know before we're confronted with this increasingly common life experience.
As Bruce says, "It's much more difficult to bring down a parent than it is to bring up a child." Aging adults understandably don't want to surrender their independence or admit they need help from their children. Having conversations about finances, day-to-day tasks and long-term wishes can cause a lot of tension, especially between the siblings who are caring for their parents. Bruce recommends that siblings divvy up tasks and keep the lines of communication open, that no conversation shouldRead More »from Parenting our Parents