Unformatted text preview: Support groups and counseling exist for adults caring for their older parents. These typically provide information, teach caregiver skills, and offer emotional support. Other programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, ease the financial burdens of older adults and their caregivers. Middle adults normally react with intensity and pain to the death of one or both parents. (Of course, this holds true for individuals at all stages of the lifespan.) The death of one's parents ends a life-long relationship and offers a “wake-up call” to live life to its fullest and mend broken relationships while the people involved still live. Finally, the death serves as a reminder of one's own mortality. Even though the death of a parent is never welcome, some long-term adult caretakers express certain ambivalent feelings about the event....
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- Fall '09
- middle adults, Social Security, fallible human beings, older adult parents