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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 28

The Assumptive Close

Getting an Aging Parent to Accept Help

Ask Any Adult child: There is no one—no one—more crazy or crazy making than a parent who’s aging badly.

However, I can sympathize with old people who are acting irrationally. (And not just because I’m inching closer to old age myself.) Imagine what it’s like to go from being the respected or even feared matriarch or patriarch of your family to being the person everyone treats like a child. Or picture what it’s like to go from being a high-powered doctor, accountant, or corporate manager to being a frail senior with liver spots and too much nose hair.

Now imagine losing even more control. Having to give up driving. Needing a walker. Needing to wear adult diapers. Needing ...

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