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July 26, 2016
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Activities of daily living

A dispassionate observer would say he needs to be in a nursing home until his wife is able to care for him again. And what about her? We’re not sure what kind of progress the next few weeks will bring, but is moving out of the home you have curated and enjoyed for 35 years the healing thing to do? We are leaning toward trying to find a way for them to stay at home with live-in help, but without her income, even long-term care insurance won’t cover their expenses for long.

My children see this as a cautionary tale. They ask, “Is there a plan for you, Mom and Dad?” I tell them there is, with my fingers slyly crossed, but it is hard enough to plan activities of daily living, let alone the hazards of aging.