When Siblings Share the Care

When was the last time you heard or said the words, “Mom liked you best?”  Hopefully, not since you were very young — or ever.

But with our population living so much longer and siblings finding themselves in the role of caring for aging parents, these “fighting” words seem to be spoken more frequently.

Warm childhood memories often emerge during the course of family caregiving, but so do old grievances and pain. Sharing the care of elderly parents can be just as difficult as sharing was when we were children growing up in the same house.

Family dynamics leave a legacy that often becomes [Read more…]

The Fall. The Call. The Talk.

If you are concerned about your elderly parents, it’s probably with good reason. As our population ages and folks live into their 80s and 90s, there is a very good chance that caregiving is something you will have to deal with.

It is exciting to know that about 15 years have been added to our lives. The challenge, however, is that many of us will be living with several chronic diseases.  While not life threatening, they can cause impairment of body or mind or both.

This is the case with many of our parents. They reach a point where they need help, but [Read more…]