Family Issues

Aging Parents and the Support Conundrum

I keep meaning to develop articles here, but two disparate careers and a theatre hobby  addiction somehow keep me away from doing more writing. But this article happened across my inbox today, and is worth sharing. I and other therapists often have clients who were (are) dealing with aging parents, which can often reactivate a lot of unfinished business left over from childhood. Especially in the case of neglectful or abusive caregivers, having to revisit these familial connections — often not at our own instigation — can even border on traumatic.

This is a really good article from a therapeutic perspective on what happens when abusive or neglectful parents come back later in life to their adult children, seeking reconnection and/or support; what do the now-adult children *really* owe those dysfunctional caregivers?

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/02/abusive_parents_what_do_grown_children_owe_the_mothers_and_fathers_who_made.2.html?goback=.gde_2079675_member_215655442

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