Recently I read an article published in the Wall Street Journal® titled “The Difficult, Delicate Untangling of Our Parents’ Lives.” The author and his wife are in their 50s and dealing with the challenges of parents too incapacitated to handle their own affairs.
Significantly, the frustration was not that their parents needed help. Most children would consider such help to be an opportunity to repay the sacrifices made by their parents. (However, parents who plan to rely on their children should not underestimate how significant this burden may be. Perhaps I will discuss this more in a future column.)