May 18, 2010
Prepare now for a future that might include caring for your elderly family
The time has come.
As the nation ages, millions of adults will find they are thrust into caring for an aging parent or other relative. My husband and I have just joined this group of caregivers.
We recently began taking care of my father-in-law, a fiercely independent, 81-year-old ex-military man. He’s mentally competent, but his basic living needs — walking, cooking, bathing and cleaning his house — have become too hard for him.
So for now, he’s living with our family of five.
My father-in-law would rather be living on his own. We are trying to make that happen, but he can’t move back into his home without a lot of daily help and supervision.