Friday, February 12, 2010

O Brother, Where Art Thou? - The New Old Age Blog -

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High on the list of stuff that drives caregivers berserk, along with Medicare regulations and nursing home staff shortages, is the behavior of brothers and sisters.

People with siblings should be the lucky ones, right? I’ve heard only children fantasize about having someone to share the eldercare burden, or at least to commiserate with. But grown children who do have siblings are just as likely to grump about a sister’s imperiousness, a brother’s criticisms or a sibling’s apparent unwillingness to pitch in at all. At least, they mutter, only children are spared some exasperating backseat driver telling them they’re doing it wrong.
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