Knowing When to Give In or Take Over With Aging Parents

Knowing When to Give In or Take Over With Aging Parents

When my mother was 83, she troubled me with the way she used — or rather misused — her pillbox. I set it up for her each Sunday evening, carefully placing mounds of tablets of different hues and sizes in the appropriate daily slots. But I’d often return later in the week to find she had somehow taken the wrong pills from the wrong slots. It worried me that she might not be getting the medicine she needed for her high blood pressure, mild dementia and pain. Worse, I was concerned she was taking too much medication at times and could suffer adverse effects.

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