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Advice on Sibling and Family Dynamics

Organizations and websites where a family caregiver or siblings can get help.
















They're Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parent' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy - by Francine Russo   Amazon | Borders | Barnes & Noble
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“...a stunning book about one of the most complex but ignored times of human transition... unique in the field of close relationships…"


Pauline Boss,  Author, Ambiguous Loss (Harvard University Press) 

"...Not to be missed ...More than a how-to book, this groundbreaking work illuminates a difficult stage of life..."

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A Coming Deluge of Suits by Caregivers? Discrimination Claims on the Rise

So many caregivers have told me how alone they feel with their responsibilities. Rightly or wrongly, many of them feel abandoned by their siblings. If their employers also fail to support them, how can they feel anything but doubly abandoned?

Now it appears that more are taking action against employers who fail them.  According to the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, attorneys and  human resources folks are seeing a rise in cases of “family responsibilities discrimination” brought before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). With eldercare exploding, this could be the beginning of a deluge. About time business took serious notice of an inescapable social reality

Forward thinking companies have adopted some of the best practices recommended by the feds (EEOC)—flextime, for example, and caregiver education and workshops—because they know that overwhelmed caregivers bring their stress to work—at a well-documented cost to productivity and the ability to keep good workers. So they offer supports like these because they want and need the productivity of these valuable people. 

That’s the carrot. But, if employers don’t wake up, they may find soon themselves dealing with the stick.


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I have been a caregiver to my mother who has lived with me over thirty years. Past years she has been diagnosed with dementia she requires 24/7 care. I have taken a decrease in pay and job title due to my obligations. I was informed that my position was changing and that my position was going to be posted if I wanted to apply I could but with my responsibilites at home would make it difficult. So they announced to my department I was no longer keeping my position due to my mother being ill. The job task never changed for the new person. I felt belittled and beaten down. Especially when i work for a health care agency who we often remind the family of their obligations as a caregiver.

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