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Alex Witchel's story "Who's in Charge Now?" in the April-May AARP Magazine was a self-centered, egocentric tale about her elderly parents physical and mental decline. Her ruminations are an insult to the hundreds of thousands of children who selflessly take care of their aging parents every day with love and compassion
When her father was unable to distribute daily medications for her mother in an organization, poor Alex had to "cancel a business dinner and take a train from the city to do it myself." I wonder how many times her parents had to cancel an appointment and go out of their way to take care of her when she was a child?
She states "The only power I had left was to surround my mother with kindness." This is untrue. Family caregivers have a great deal of "power," if they choose to use it, to ensure their parents receive the care and kindness they deserve. The ultimate "power" is to spend time with their parents - help prepare their meals, read them a book, create a family scrapbook of photographs and memories together, instead of spending time writing a whiny book about how they used to be.