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Helping Aging Parents from a Distance Is Challenging

Dear Carol: I live 500 miles away from my aging parents.  They are starting to need some help, but they don’t want to move to be near me. My husband and I can’t quit our jobs and move back to our home town, either. How do I go about looking for help for Mom and Dad from so far away? – Lori

Dear Lori: One option is to look for a geriatric care manager in your parents’ community. Hiring a geriatric care manager can run into some serious money, but a care manager should be well acquainted with resources available locally for your parents. Some care managers will work directly with your parents, even managing medications. Others will provide research and oversight, but not be involved with any hands-on care.

Read more about long-distance caregiving and how to get help for your loved ones:

Purchase Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories – paperback or ebook


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