To live with and care for an elderly loved one is not an easy thing. On the other hand, it is not an easy thing to be cared for either. Over and above all the medical issues, the time crunches, or the money concerns, oftentimes it is the emotional issues (and even the fighting) that can wear on you.
In the name of empathy, then, especially as we sit down with our loved ones for the holidays (perhaps for Thanksgiving tomorrow?) – a trying time for some – consider a recent piece reported in The New York Times titled “‘A Very Ungrateful Old Lady.’”
In this instance, the “old lady” is none other than Sheila Solomon Klass. She is an English professor and a blogging grandma at the seasoned age of 86. More importantly, Klass is someone’s elderly loved one, too.
As the title of her essay suggests, Klass considers herself a burden and confesses that she is not always good about expressing her gratitude, without expressing frustration instead.
As you click over to her original essay, think about yourself and your own loved ones in Overland Park or elsewhere.
A little dose of empathy can go a long ways.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
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Reference: The New York Times – The New Old Age Blog (November 8, 2013) “‘A Very Ungrateful Old Lady’”