Do your family a favor -- make decisions now

This is the tenth and final article in a series about the issues that arise over time for older people who experience mental declines - and how you, as a family member or friend, can help.

Recent columns have painted a picture of a situation that you would probably love to avoid - having to guide or make big decisions for your elderly relatives, often without much help from them.

Who wants to decide where the people who raised you will live for the rest of their lives?

Does it make sense to consider a move to Assisted Living?

In 1999, Mildred and her husband, George, moved into a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) that I'll call Pine Lakes. CCRCs offer a range of living options. People typically can live in apartments, in Assisted Living, or in Skilled Nursing.

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