There are some phone calls you never forget.
"I found your Dad unconscious on the floor. The ambulance just left. I'm going to the hospital. What are we going to do?"
That early afternoon phone call from 1,800 miles away changed our lives forever. What we only came to realize later was how caring for a stroke victim would profoundly affect the next 12 years of my mother's life, and my own as a long-distance caregiver. And, how ill-prepared we were to face the everchanging issues of long-term care.
Stories like this happen every day. And most of us are not ready for the resulting emotional and financial havoc. As professionals in the field of aging, many of us …