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“I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”

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Back when our loved ones were younger and healthier, many of us promised in good faith that we would never put them in a nursing home. Doing so would be unthinkable—like abandoning them in their time of need. So, we naively pledge to care for them ourselves until the very end. We assure them that they’ll be able to live out their remaining years at home with family tending to their needs. This is admirable yet unrealistic thinking. Recent research shows that the average duration of caregiving...

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