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Dear Carol: A while back you wrote about a widower with mild cognitive impairment who wanted to move to assisted living after his wife died. Our situation is similar, but this is my 83-year-old mom and her memory is fine. She’s an extremely social person. Dad died just two months ago and already she is telling me that she wants to move to an assisted living place that they’d once looked at. I get that she misses Dad and she doesn’t like being alone, but I worry that she’s making this change too soon. Some of my reluctance is probably because the idea of losing Dad and then having my childhood home sold hurts, so it gets confusing. If this move is best for Mom, that’s okay, but I don’t think that I’m off base by being worried that she’s making this major decision too fast. – VF

Read the full Inforum column to learn more about whether or not this widowed mom should move to assisted living:

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