Getting Along to Care for Mom

Getting Along to Care for Mom

My brother and I, normally close, have had a strained relationship for the past 18 months. The cause is sad but common: We don’t agree on the roles each of us should play in caring for our aging mother.

As the older (and, in my mind, wiser) brother, I took the lead in moving our mother from Florida to an apartment near my Pennsylvania home. I think I know what’s best for her — and what my brother and I should each provide her. He lives 350 miles away and has a different take on her well-being: He doesn’t think she needs as much help as I do, so he’s less willing to make the sacrifices I think he should.

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