I know this isn't exactly quilt related but I wanted to start a discussion with you, my friends, about the issues we will face caring for our elderly parents. I know so many people whose parents are in their 80s and 90s and the care ultimately falls on our shoulders. It's such a daunting task to have to bear, although for some, they may cherish the opportunity to give back.
I think for many, though, there are very mixed emotions. Our parents weren't always there for us, or they weren't the kind of parents we would've liked, or they have taken more than they have given. Believe me, I'm there.
But there really is no way around it. These shoulders have been strengthened over the years probably in anticipation of being ready when the time came to be there for our aging parents.
I think the other thing that weighs in on all this is the state of medical care. I think doctors are programmed to do everything, at all times, to save the patient, regardless of whether it's really in their best interest in the long run. I don't think my mom would've wanted to be bedridden, as she is now, or so dependent on others for her care. I personally know that i wouldn't.
At the very least, this has caused Mark and I to discuss the issue between ourselves and actually has motivated us to fill out the health directive forms now, when we're healthy.
I'm curious to hear if others have been experiencing similar issues --- it's a real problem today and something that's such an exhausting and overwhelming task. It'd be nice to hear other people stories.!!