WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
AGING BABY BOOMER SIBLINGS - FRIENDS OR ENEMIES?
Baby Boomers grew up in an era of larger families; most of us have siblings.
Brothers and sisters as best friends are the ... best. What is better than harmonious relationships build on life-long love, trust, and loyalty? Not much. And, there is an added bonus: When our memories get fuzzy, we are able to tap into shared histories and fill the gaps in each other's aging memory banks. Such a relief.
Regrettably, some boomer siblings have hostile relationships, marked by bitter antagonisms and wicked feuds. Tapping into shared histories dredges up past conflicts that overshadow any semblance of relief gained from filling the gaps in each other's memory banks.
Aside from long-standing rivalries, one of the main causes of sibling disputes is money - our elderly parents' money, not our own.
The following are examples of money-related debates, regardless of whether Baby Boomer sibling relationships are harmonious or hostile.
If parents are affluent, albeit elderly, frail, and/or ill, quarrels erupt when debating parents' wealth, e.g. how much of their money should be spent on high-priced, private caregivers and how much should be reserved for each sibling to inherit.
If parents have little or no money, quarrels erupt when debating how much of each sibling's personal funds should be spent on caregivers.
Boomers And Elderly Parents ...