The Untenable Promise

Older adults fear nursing homes more than death itself. Those of us waiting to be old fear it right along with them. When asked to promise to never to put an aging parent in a nursing, we do not hesitate. We mean it twice.

But earth proves to be a risky place for promises, about the future. Our best intentions prove no match for life’s complexity and uncertainty . Dr. Abigail Zuger’s article on ‘Never Put me in a Home’ reminds us that magical thinking haunts both sides of the caregiving dance…

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When to Ignore a Promise to ‘Never Put Me in a Home’