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Ways to Care for a Parent Who Didn’t

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/lifecycles/article/ways_to_care_for_a_parent_who_didnt_20060203

Some 10 million older Americans need some kind of assistance to get through every day. Family members (mostly grown children) provide about 80 percent of that help. Lots of those adult children welcome the opportunity to give back to their parents a portion of the love and care they received as a child. But what happens when an abusive or absent parent, now well along in years, turns to his or her adult child for help? How in the world do you care for an elderly mother or father who showed you no love, compassion or understanding when you were young?

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