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#1 Tooozday

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:32 PM

I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but it's sorta kinda parenting related.

My story: I am the youngest of six, with two deceased older siblings. My parents are in their mid-eighties and recently moved to a "retirement community" that they selected. Well, my Dad selected it, but that's another thread for another time. Anyway, I moved back to the area 12 years ago partly for work and partly to be available should they need me. And they needed me this past winter what with all the snow, and trying to sell their house, and things of that nature. My other siblings are anywhere in the range of not helpful at all ("I'm going to Mexico to do missionary work for the next six months. Bye there!") to sort of helpful ("Well, it's an 80 mile drive one way and my kid just got suspended from high school, but I can get there next week to help out if it's really urgent") to ridiculous about money and posessions ("You got all the good stuff and you should sell it and give me my share.")

Question for my fellow boardizens: Who else is trying to balance the elder independence thing with reasonable care for them? There's stuff they just can't do anymore, such as ski and bike, and it drives them nutters. I don't want to be bossy and horrible and take away all things they enjoy. I also don't want them getting hurt by doing things that are really beyond their physical capabilities.
And, how do you keep from burning out?
And is it possible to not resent the family members who are making other choices right now? Any tips?

Thanks all. :smile:

#2 Tooozday

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:06 PM

Thanks, I will try to be more tolerant.

#3 kramer

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:28 PM

a similar topic was briefly touched on this week:

http://gatheringofth...ead.php?t=58587

#4 sarah b.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:08 AM

I put my stuff about my parents in here, too. eventually, we may have an elder care forum. there's www.caring.com for general stuff. My mom is daughter #2 of 5 and lives with my (now widowed and rapidly aging) grandma. I'm over there at least once a week. Loving is easy, it's loving proximately that gets tricky (to paraphrase Peter Tork). Please know you're not alone and feel free to whatever you want to whatever about it here (so to speak). :) ('cause I own this f'ing board, right? :cheesy: :lol: )

#5 manzanita stark

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:56 AM

First may I say it is great to see you are stepping in to oversee your parents care.:smile:

For years I watched my three older siblings as I took the responsibility to care for my Dad. Understanding they were raising rather large families I guess I justified the lack of their participation, but always had the feeling they were also displaying the attitude that I wasn't married and didn't have a family so I was "free" to do it.

Best tip I can give on resentment is that the only person you will affect letting it get to you is you. It's an emotion that is going to be there and you can't escape it, but you sure can put it very low on the list.

When all is said and done you will come to realize that you have done what you know and feel is right, and when those moments of reflection come, of the more difficult times, you will have the contentment of knowing you had the principle to care for them as they became more dependent, as they cared for you when young and dependent upon them.

#6 Tooozday

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:43 PM

Posting about it does help, and your advice/thoughts are valued. Thanks, folks.

#7 sarah b.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:32 AM

nice, stark. :)