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Dear Carol: My mom is 86 and widowed. While I live over 800 away, I talk to her several times a week. Since my Dad’s death 5 years ago, Mom’s slowly sunk into isolation, loneliness and self-medication with alcohol. She’s showing some signs that her perspective on life and her sense of time are both changing. Also, her decision making is uneven, which signals to me that her mental capacity is diminishing. I am a responsible person and I love my mom, but I can’t move to her community to watch over her. I also may be too emotionally connected to make the right decisions.

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