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Dear Carol: My wife has advanced Parkinson’s complicated by dementia and needs constant care. She’s mostly bedridden. I love her dearly, and we’ve spent considerable time talking about our past vacations and other enjoyable things we’ve shared. We have no children. As much as I love her, I’m finding myself becoming extremely lonely and isolated as she becomes less and less able to communicate. While we don’t have a lot of money, we are comfortable. Hiring in-home caregivers will be costly and I don’t know if I can trust them. Yet I know I should get out more. Where do I draw the line and start creating a life apart from my wife’s illness. – David

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