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The whole concept of being a caregiver may be a shock to many midlife adults; it is an issue that will compound the many others to be dealt with in midlife. Caregiving takes on a significant component of your life as your parents age. Our parents can now live into their 80s and 90s, thereby requiring the support of their children.
Take a moment to think of all the things your parents did for you as a child growing up. My recollections include being taken to the doctor, the dentist, shopping, learning to use the bank, going to a restaurant, needing to hear I was loved and, of course, having them there as part of my life. Now reverse that role and you be the parent who takes your family member to medical appointments, handles all their legal and financial matters, takes them somewhere for a treat or a meal, and lets them know they are loved.