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Elder Care -an unexpected journey

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My mother died about a year and a half ago.  Quickly, unexpectedly, young.

She left behind her parents, who moved close to her about ten years ago, so she could help take care of them, when needed.  And then she died.  My grandfather had five children, two he didn’t raise.  Of the three children with my grandmother, only one is left and he did the opposite of stepping up to care for his parents.  So, now my sister and I have stepped into that role.

I’ve heard the term “sandwich generation” and I guess we are that now; caring for our children at home and then coordinating elder care…we just seemed to have skipped a generation somewhere…it’s a bit topsy-turvy/ timey-whiney…..

this journey has taken up most of my time and thought lately, and so I’d like to write about it, because that is what I like to do- write it all out.  The process and timing has all been a little tricky, though- there is always the question of timing and over-sharing to consider.

I thought I would start by sharing some helpful links to resources that have been helpful to me on this journey:

Elder-Care Resources

We’ve had a lot of tears, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of driving.

The three most helpful things to me in this journey have been

#1  Prayer and a faith to lean on

My Grandfather’s Primary Care Doctor (who has been both the most helpful and the most unhelpful at times)

Hiring an elder-law attorney local to my grandparents, who does this all the time.



About the author: Jenn; red-hair, warm heart, cold hands. homeschooled five children and lived to tell the tale.

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  • Juanice Teer June 3, 2014, 3:25 PM

    Found this page this afternoon while taking a little coffee break. I have moved to another state to live with and care for my aging parents. Both have dementia and can no longer care for themselves. I would love to have a place like this to come to for encouragement, information and ideas to help our new journey in this life as best as it can be. Thanks and God bless, Juanice Teer

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