Only child with aging parents far away
November 12, 2012 6:43 PM Subscribe
How do I take care of my aging parents long distance? I'm an only child with small children of my own and feel alone in this situation.
posted by percor to human relations (18 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My mom has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's and dementia, and my dad, an attorney, is having difficulty with the idea that he will have to retire and care for her. He wanted to do things "for himself" in retirement and now feels frustrated with the situation. He is very hesitant to hire help, because they have very limited money and he wants to protect it from Medicare.
I feel very alone in this. I am a five hours' drive from them, and my father's and mother's siblings are unable or unwilling to help.