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barred_owl started the thread by asking others for their experiences, advice, or anticipated experiences regarding the situation of caring for elderly parents.
collette_capricious, skinnymargarita, and neutralname spoke up to say that they do not live near their aging parents, and face some degree of stress because of this. collete_capricious expressed dismay at her father’s ailing health. skinnymargarita’s parents are divorced, but live close to each other. Both her parents are retired, but having issues with dementia. She laments that her hectic adjunct schedule and low pay don’t allow her the flexibility to be there for either of them. neutralname also feels strained by distance, but mentions that the bigger hurdle is getting her mother to clearly assess and report on her medical conditions and health.
tamium, digger, and barred_owl all live near their parents, and seem to face a different set of problems. Although they all seem grateful for the opportunity to be near their aging parents, they all express some degree of difficulty with living with or near them. In line with the reports of collete_capricious, skinnymargarita and neutralname, they all share a feeling of a lack of control concerning their situations. digger finds that maintaining a sense of humor is how he best deals with his aging, dementia-inflicted parents, and barred_owl’s mother’s depression and dementia prove frustrating, but also provide moments of bonding for him and his sister.
msparticularity and ms_turtle offer kind words of encouragement to those living near their aging parents, and they both wish everyone dealing with these situations the best of luck.