As our baby boomers age, and more and more need specialized care, there comes a problem that needs to be addressed.
A letter from Barb is not the first question we’ve had about what happens when a parent has to go into an assisted living facility.
Barb’s in-laws have been married for 64 years, they are now 87, and mom needs daily assistance.
She’s in a very nice cottage, but she’s alone. There’s no room for her husband.
He is still barely well enough to look after himself, but can not look after his wife at home.
With some assistance, they could live out their lives together, but together is not an option, because the living units aren’t designed that way.
Mom doesn’t understand completely what’s going on, but she does know she is there and her sweetheart is not.
Barb hopes with people living longer, more double units will be built.
I agree Barb, the vows say till death do us part, not till dementia.
Many of us will need help one day.
At the very least we should have someone we love, to hold onto.
This editorial may seem like a current topic.
It was actually heard on 630 CHED in 2004.
You’d think that by now, we would have figured it out.
Let me know what you think.