The years that once stretched out ahead of them have closed in tighter and tighter, slowly grinding them into a crisis they never saw coming.
Families all over have similar tales.
They’ve worked all their lives and never thought to ask for a handout. But they don’t have enough set aside to carry them through as their health care needs steadily and dramatically increase.
They have no plan for how to handle their assets as their mental functions dim.
Although they have family — in particular, a grandson who’s put his life on hold to help out — family members have their own lives and don’t have the expertise to handle serious medical issues.
Any one of those problems is tough.
Put them all together and add denial, guilt and emotional baggage, and caring for aging parents can be a thorny thicket.
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THE CRUELEST AGE: A local family confronts Alzheimer's, nursing home care
Louie and Lee Tessandori