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Adult only child caring for elderly parents?

If you're an adult only child caring for elderly parents, what successes have you had and what pitfalls would you point out? I would really like to hear from people who have found a way to make this work without losing their sanity. I'm a 41 year old single woman without children and I work full time. I'm hoping to make smart choices with all the information I can get. Thanks for answering!

Asked By: maisie - 9/14/2008
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I'm 52, and although I'm not an only child I'm the only one in the family who can care for my elderly mentally ill father. One of my brothers is mentally disabled and one lives 1000 miles away. So it's me or nobody... More
Answered By: Karin C - 9/14/2008
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Good luck! It's very tiring and frustrating, but you will never be sorry that you did it!
Answered By: Kylie - 9/14/2008
 
you can't do it alone i did this for many yr's supporting 2 households, taking care of 2 families, when my step-dad got real sick all my siblings were to busy working to pay attention. when the time came he was dying i started to call them 6 months in advance about his health all of them said to busy sis, you take care... More
Answered By: Valentine - 9/14/2008
 
talk to someone
Answered By: awommack - 9/14/2008
 
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