The National Alliance for Caregiving says more than 10 million adults over the age of 50 in the U.S. are caring for their aging parents. It’s definitely not something my husband and I planned to do when we got married. Though I do think my first job as an aide at a nursing home did leave an impact on me.
I was 16-years-old when I was given the responsibility of taking care of elderly men and women at the center. I quickly realized some were dumped there and forgotten by their own children.
My husband, son, and I were living in Dallas in 2001, when my mother-in-law passed away in New York. It was unexpected. Days after the funeral, I was cleaning out her closet and realized that my father-in-law, who I call “Pops,” was going to be alone. That made me feel sad and lonely.