Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

By Bart Mindszenthy; Michael Gordon | Go to book overview

CASE STUDY TEN
SIBLINGS:
In Charge and On the Attack

When brothers and sisters vie for
attention and favour from an elderly
parent, the inevitable outcome is
sibling rivalry and mutual distrust.
If ever there is a time for siblings to
pull together, it’s when a parent is in
failing health
.


THE CHALLENGE

Edna Delaney lives in a retirement home in Vancouver. She’s a vigorous, high-energy eighty-six-year-old, but she is showing early signs of dementia that he doctor says is likely Alzheimer’s disease. She’s been highly independent since the death of her husband, Frank. From the

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