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Care from Afar

Caring for aging parents is a huge concern for many Zoomers, and it can be particularly difficult when you’re trying to do it long distance. Here are some tips from the AARP. Pick one sibling to be in charge of Mom and Dad’s care, and in charge of communicating with doctors.  The appointed sibling should also have the parents’ health care power of attorney. Similarly, appoint a doctor who’s in charge. Elderly people tend to have lots of specialists, each prescribing medications that can interact — and that can cause big problems.  The appointed doctor ideally should be a geriatrician, but could be one of your parent’s specialists. Fly in for a visit with the appointed doctor if you’re the appointed child. You should meet that doctor at least once to establish a relationship. And make sure he or she is comfortable communicating by email – it’s quick and efficient. Finally, enlist the help of your parents’ friends and neighbors to let you know if anything happens.

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