The Other Side of 50

Shifting the focus to the caregiver may save a life

If you’ve ever been the caregiver for an impaired elderly loved one, you know where your focus lies almost every minute of every day—with the person you are caring for.
My mom is the full-time caregiver for my dad, who’s had Parkinson’s for the past 12 years. Parkinson’s is a slow-growing disease that causes uncontrolled shaking, an inability to move and, at the later stages, dementia.
My dad is 170 pounds; my mom weighs 95 pounds. My dad needs to be lifted o...

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