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Sandwiched Men Are Out There, Here’s One of Them

26 Apr

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So much has been written and said about sandwiched women, you would think the sandwich generation is a “women only” club, but that’s simply false. Men are just as likely to be stuck in the middle between aging parents and their own family. I know this because my older brother is one of those men. Due to proximity, he is the one most likely to tend to my mother’s frequent requests for shopping and transportation. Somehow, between escorting my mother to a scheduled 1:15 pm doctor’s appointment that didn’t happen until 3:30 and getting  down to his real  job, he found the time to offer up the following glimpse into his life:

I’m the executor of my late uncle’s estate. It’s not a job, but it is an all-encompassing responsibility. And it keeps me running from the  lawyer to the bank with the odd side trip to the accountant. I’m also one of two POA’s for my 81 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s, is going blind, and lives in a fashionable retirement home when she needs to be in a nursing home to get the proper care and attention she needs.

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Every Family Has its Issues

24 Feb

Caring for our aging loved ones can be difficult enough. But what if your relationship with an elderly parent is less than loving?

My mother in 1948, the year she met my father. So young, so beautiful, and full of hope for the future.

My mother in 1948, the year she met my father. So young, so beautiful, and full of hope for the future. She brought 50 pairs of high heeled shoes with her to  the retirement home. After I had them removed (upon doctor’s orders)she threatened to have me arrested.

I have written about my uncle and how special he was to me. I can honestly say the time I spent with him in his final years was done out of love and devotion. Unfortunately, when it comes to my mother, the support I provide is done so purely out of a sense of duty. I’m not going into the details, but our relationship has been strained for many years.  Still, she’s my mother, she’s alone, and she’s not well. And I suspect the situation is about to get more challenging.

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