Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.
Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help. Caregiving has become “an unexpected second career” for many people in their 50s and 60s, says Tamar Shovali, who studies gerontology and teaches at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
How can you provide care and support for an aging parent from afar?
Make the most of visits
Make the most of periodic visits to your parents’ home, says Amy Goyer, AARP’s family and caregiving expert.
Seek out technology