Article: Caregiving with Siblings – Part 1: Reducing Sibling Tensions in Family Caregiving

“Christine, age 56, is at her wit’s end with her siblings. Her brother has just told her that he cannot visit their mother in Ohio this week. Her sister, despite living in the same town as their mother, has not visited in over a month and is notably absent from caregiving responsibilities.

Christine feels a wide range of emotions that are hard to describe. She is disappointed in her siblings and feels like the burden of caring for their mother is squarely on her shoulders. Moreover, it is increasingly difficult to balance parenting and work in addition to care for their aging mother. She wants to avoid any negative or counterproductive behavior that might further cause pain in her family.”

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