Caring for others is just not limited to the aged. More young and middle aged people today are being diagnosed with serious illness. Others are involved in sporting or other accidents affecting their ability to care for themselves. What happens when single young or middle aged adults are diagnosed with serious illness or are affected by an accident that limits their mobility and earning ability? Is it the responsibility of their parents to revert back to caregivers? To take these children back into their home when the need results? When there is no one else, many parents will accept this responsibility without exception. However when the roles are reversed and the parent requires care, many children will not accept caregiving responsibility for their parents. How can this be? Does it relate to the current level of responsibility at the time? Parents are empty nesters hoping to enjoy retirement but will not tell their children needing help no. Children on the other hand, may be in the midst of raising their own children, working to save for retirement or approaching empty nests themselves and they can’t imagine the additional responsibility of starting again with parents who require care.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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