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Published September 14, 2013, 10:00 PM

Minding Our Elders: Guilt over selling dad’s possessions

DEAR CAROL: My Dad had a heart attack, followed by a small stroke. He also has vascular dementia. Dad’s 79 and not likely to improve enough to return to his home even with a health aide. We’ve found a very nice nursing home for him where my brother and I can both visit often. Dad seems reasonably content, so I guess I’m the one with the problem. He was living in the family home that is full of belongings dating back decades and we have to sell it all. This doesn’t seem to bother Dad, but I feel guilty, like I’m being disloyal to him by selling his home and belongings. I know I need to do this but how do I get over the guilt? – Linda

By: Carol Bradley Bursack, INFORUM

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