Help is on the way. One of the experts I interviewed for YOU’D BETTER NOT DIE OR I’LL KILL YOU is author and filmmaker Deborah Hutchison. Deborah had the genius idea a few years ago to put together a book of agreements to ease the tension that can arise in sticky situations like loaning/borrowing money from a friend or family member and setting guidelines for kids that move back home after college – all under the heading of “A Sane Approach to an Emotional Issue.” One of the agreements deals with Caring for Our Aging Parents, and it offers siblings a way to communicate with each other about how to divvy up responsibilities for elderly parents without resentment over who’s doing more and who’s not doing enough. Deborah has been the primary caregiver to her own mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, so she brings a personal perspective to a tough subject.
Here are clips from our interview.