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CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

By Viga Boland     Nov 23, 2006 in Lifestyle
You're between 45 and 65, have a full-time job, maybe even a child still at home, and an aging, sick parent on your hands.
How do you cope?
For too many women these days, coping in this situation is like being caught between a rock and a hard place and horribly stressful. If money's tight, they have to work. Then they come home to an elderly parent who needs care every minute, has regular weekly visits to doctor or hospital, and as in my case recently, tries not to become impatient with the stream of complaints e..g food doesn't appeal; this or that aches; why does this hurt; when will this be over etc etc.
This can go on for years, wearing the care-giver down. And sometimes the caregiver is also not in the best of health, but forced to put their own health issues behind those of the parent they're looking after. It's a tough spot to be in.
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