You may know Dear Amy–she writes an advice column which appears in many newspapers across the country. Her column appears in my daily copy of Chicago Tribune.
Amy regularly answers questions relating to caregiving and does so again today. “Bothered Boyfriend” asks for advice about, and on behalf of, his girlfriend, who helps her elderly mom. BB writes:
“She has to purchase food and supplies for her almost on a daily basis. Her mom is about 90 and has some signs of dementia, but she refuses to go to a nursing home, and my friend doesn’t have the heart to force her into one.”
He adds that his girlfriend would like to move, but won’t because of her responsibility to her mom, a responsibility that “BB” says is sucking the life out of her. So, BB would like to know, What should his girlfriend do? (He also mentions a greedy step-sister, but that’s for another advice column.)
Amy writes that we all face the question of, “Should I run and or should I stay,” during our lifetime. This time, Amy says, is the time to stay. She encourages the girlfriend to get help, including for regular breaks, and to use services like Meals on Wheels and the Office on Aging.
So, I’m curious, how do you think Amy did? Share your thoughts and advice you’d give the girlfriend, in our comments section, below.
- Tell Us: What Advice Would You Give Your Before-Caregiving Self? (caregiving.com)
- Eleven Years Later, Caregiving Is Still Difficult (and Perhaps Getting More Difficult) (caregiving.com)