Monday, July 12, 2010

Sibling rivalry can affect eldercare (new book, more debate)

Francine Russo has a piece “When the other sibling cares for an aging parent” in the “Women on the Web” site here, as she presents her book from Random House “They’re your parents too; how siblings can survive their parents’ aging without driving each other crazy”.

Her essay puts her in the position of the more distant sister, “grown up and independent”. She says “I had no idea that I was entering a new developmental crisis in the life of my original family, or that there even was such a crisis lying in wait..”

It seems that the least externally female competitive (sometimes one who didn’t marry) winds up with the problem in her lap.

One could wonder about the same problem for an only child.

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