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I have been caring for my mom for 11 years.

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About 2 years and 5 months in house. Total since the stroke - 3 years 5 months. (I won't count my pre-teen years when I took care of my 5 brothers and sisters for my parents: 5 years).
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How much longer? I need to do something NOW to convince my parents it is time for them to move to a retirement community.... they can easily afford it but they don't want to spend the money because they say that is my inheritance. Told them I don't that inheritance, I want THEM to enjoy their later years because they way it is now, they will outlive me.... then what? Dad couldn't answer.

Because of this highly stressful situation, that I didn't ask for or ever saw it coming, it has done major damage to my health. I keep working at my career to give me some sanity.
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Coming up on three years. I'm doing fine most of the time, thanks to this website and all of my AC friends out there. And mom, you might ask? She is doing great! She's happy, safe comfortable and loved, in spite of herself sometimes.
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Six years, one day, and about fifteen hours....but who's counting, right JessieB?

How much longer? I have NO idea. If someone told me six years ago that t'd still be at it six years later I probably would have reacted like that bad actress in every horror flick...the one who's about to be the first one to die and just realized the monster's right behind her. Yet, here I am.
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For those of you that have been a caregiver for a long time, how much longer do you think you can keep at it?
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4 years 5 months and 3 days plus a few hours. :)
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assandache7....I sense you get why I asked this question. LOL
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Too long!
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I help my mom take care of her mom xD, she’s been a caregiver of my grandmother for 6 years now.
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Hi Pixiegirl!

I cared for my sweet father in my home for 5 years. Then he was in a NH for 6 months. He died a year ago.
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