Learning how to care as parents age
Caring for aging parents often means establishing a new relationship, one adult to another.
By KIM ODE, Star Tribune
Logically, it’s not as if baby boomers couldn’t have seen this coming. Except that they’re — heh — baby boomers, and the conventional wisdom is that caring for aging parents requires them to 1) admit their mortality, and 2) come to grips with the fact that they can’t talk to their parents without someone ending up shouting.
Granted, conventional wisdom splashes paint with a pretty broad brush, but Kari Berit finds a degree of generation gap in almost every family when adult children become caregivers to their parents. Berit, who lives in Red Wing, Minn., has worked for years in senior housing communities, and has cared for her own mother and grandfather. She’s written a couple of books on the topic and leads workshops nationwide. (Her website is www.UnexpectedCaregiver.com.)