Re: excerpt from a UK forum..
Thank you, Jo! This is beautiful! And so true. Only the closest loved one is capable of making the right decision.
And it makes me sad that society today does not make provisions for long term care. All Mom's money so carefully saved over a lifetime of working went to the Nursing Home. Long Term Care Insurance is so expensive that you practically have to be rich before you can get it - and if you are that rich you can hire a round the clock nursing staff to care for your aged loved one.
I am happy that Mom never cared much for material things, never owned a house, gave up her car at age 90, and doesn't seem to miss any of it.
Yet I think if everyone lived on just a tiny bit less opulent scale, there would be enough money to subsidize eldercare, not only when your last dime has been spent on your own care.
It is staggering to see the income levels of athletes, pop stars, etc. compared to the lifetime earnings of a very important member of society like a nurse's aide, a preschool teacher, or a blue collar worker. (my parents, myself) ...
Mom's experience has changed my perspective on material gains. I have enough to live on, and I am satisfied. I think 'if I had any more, the nursing home would get it when I am old ... so why worry.'
Kids interviewed on a recent TV poll , when asked if they would ever become rich, said things like "well, I cant sing, and I'm not a baseball player, so I guess not."
Sad sad world.
Last edited by Martha H; 04-18-2007 at 06:41 AM.