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Aging Parents, No Matter Their Challenges, Never Become Children

DignityCreditcristian-newman-277738-unsplashDear Carol: I have several friends who are caring for their parents in various ways.  They talk about their parents like the parents have become the family children and it upsets me. My parents are living in their home and doing well. We’ve been planning for the future with the necessary legal documents and I know that they’d like to stay in their home as long as possible but if a move is necessary, they will do it.  I’m troubled by the thought that I may slide into treating my parents as children when they do need help. Is this a default attitude for adult child caregivers? – SB

Read full column on Inforum about the damage that thinking of elders as children can do: 

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