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I think this is a common situation and I hope those who have faced this can offer some advice or point to a website that may provide information on how to handle things.

We've discussed this at length on the Baby Boomers board, as several of us are dealing with aging parents. I think the situation is likely to become more common given the ability of modern medical science to keep people alive far past the end of their useful lives.

Your mentioning difficulty in decision making triggers the thought that demetia is involved. If so, I've found the Alzheimer's Association an invaluable source of both information and support. There are local chapters all over the country. In addition, check the government pages of the telephone directory for some sort of council on aging or similar government program.

Here are a couple of national contact points:

National Family Caregivers Association
9223 Longbranch Parkway
Silver Spring, MD 20901

National Council on Aging
409 3rd St. SW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20024

I got those addresses from a wonderful pamphlet called 'Being There' for a Frail or Elderly Parent, from St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. Their tollfree number is 1-800-325-2511.

Phil Marti
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