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Observations and commentary on aging, caregiving, and the complex journey through the second half of life.

Sibling Rules


It’s a fact of family life: roles are cut in stone. Stop trying to change a sibling who for the most part resents you for having the audacity to think you need to fix him or her.

Accurately assess what a sibling will and will not do for an aging parent. If their contribution is zero, then zero is is and move on.

Invest in a new support system. For uncooperative and judgmental siblings, this means focus on creating non-family resources for an aging parents.

More Dancing, Less Wrestling

(taken from Aging Parents Dance Cards)