What happened to “until death do us part”? My parents married somewhere about 60 years were married for life. Despite numerous health problems over the years they managed to do their best and raise six children. My father when fairly young was working for the railroad and fell off a box car because there was an error in “switching the train on the right track”. He severely injured his back and this affected him for the rest of his life. My mother in her early fifties started with coronary artery disease the progressed to the necessity for a heart bypass and later bladder cancer. At no time during any of these health emergencies did they ever consider, at least as far as I know, walking away from their responsibility to care for each other. Obviously the institution of marriage has changed over time as has the conviction of a healthy spouse to care for an unhealthy spouse. How many people today would just walk away?

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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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