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Are Your Parents Driving You Crazy?
How to Resolve the Most Common Dilemmas with Aging Parents
by Joseph A. Ilardo, PhD, LCSW, and Carole R. Rothman, PhD



The Context
1.Harsh (and Not So Harsh) Realities  
2.Talk So Your Parents Will Listen, and Listen So
Your Parents Will Talk  
3.At an Impasse?  

The Model
5.Solve the Problems That Are Driving You Crazy  

The Dilemmas
1-My father can no longer drive safely, but he refuses
to stop.  
2-My mother antagonizes her aide.  
3-My brother and sister won't offer to help take care
of Mom and Dad.  
4-My mother clearly needs to see a doctor, but she
refuses to do so.  
5-My mother is not poor, but she skimps to save money.  
6-My sisters argue constantly about taking care of our
parents, and everyone calls me for help.  
7-My 82-year-old father wants to marry a woman he
just met.  
8-My mother is doing fine, but she won't listen to
her doctor's advice.  
9-My husband resents my father's demands on me.  


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