Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Moving Your Parents

Marilyn Ellis offers advice on Helping Your Senior Parents Move. Having moved my parents a few years ago and expecting to face it again in the next year or so, I appreciated her wisdom and advice. She addresses the concerns and fears of the senior, as well as the complexity for the Boomer who needs to make the decision. And the move.

Over the past year or so, as I’ve watched Mom become more frail, I’ve begun talking to her about the possibility of moving to assisted living. Just planting the seed. She resists, but I think she understands that the time is coming. She may make the decision voluntarily, but frankly, I doubt it. Unfortunately her health may make it for her. It’s hard to watch her refusing to make what seems like a smarter decision, but I’ve come to believe that as long as she is able to make the decision, it’s hers to make. She understands the risks and so far, would rather remain in her home. As hard as that is for me, I need to honor her decision. Her life.

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