Families: Taking A Team Approach

It's healthier for everyone when the whole family pitches in to care for an ailing parent

Five years ago, Chuck Thompson and his wife Chris moved from the Philadelphia suburbs, where they had raised their three children, back into Chuck's parents' home in Levittown, Pa., to assume full-time care of Charles Sr., 76, and Ruth, 73. Charles' worsening dementia and Ruth's health problems meant that if the parents were to stay in the family home, someone would have to live with them. Chuck, 56, says that as the oldest of the Thompson offspring and with his kids grown, he most naturally got the job. Now he cooks the meals, maintains the house and manages his ailing parents'...

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