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As a columnist for a newspaper on the northern plains, I often have readers write me that they are begging their parents to “come back home.” Upon retirement, many seniors like to leave the cold winters behind, because warmer climates tend to be much easier on aging bodies. They either relocate permanently or summer up north and then head south for the snowy months. But aging parents aren’t the only family members on the move. These days, adult children are less likely to stay put in their hometowns. Instead, they follow educational opportunities, jobs, and significant others across the country and even around the world. With families so scattered, one important question remains: What happens when Mom and Dad need care? The entire family finds itself in a quandary. Regardless of whether the parents have been living in the same town for 50 years or they relocated within the last decade, it’s safe to say that they have put down roots. They have formed close relationships...

Continue reading on Agingcare for more about how the difficult discussions about getting parents to move closer can evolve - or at least how we can better understand our older adults:

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