Magazine article Work & Family Life

Sharing the Care: A Guide for Adult Siblings

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Sharing the Care: A Guide for Adult Siblings

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Sharing the care: a guide for adult siblings

At some point, as our parents grow old and start to slow down, we may need to step up and help care for them, a little or a lot. And to make the right things happen, siblings need to work together. But most of us enter this period of our lives unprepared for the difficult decisions and delicate negotiations ahead.

"Understanding the psychological demands of this time of life are far from easy," writes Franchie Russo, Ph.D., author of They're Your Parents, Too!, a wise and wonderful new book that can help siblings who are struggling with the challenges posed by their parents growing older.

After all, even in the healthiest families, our parents' aging and mortality evoke powerful feelings, the author says. And even in the best of times, family dynamics can be hard to change.

Russo, a veteran journalist, was stirred to write this book after the death of her own parents proved to be an "uneasy journey" for her and her sister. Russo interviewed other families in similar situations from coast to coast and consulted with many experts as well. …

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