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October 29, 2009

Caring For Aunt Mary

Lots of people are caring for aging relatives and their own children. There's even a name for the caregivers: the sandwich generation. On a visit to Florida to visit her dad and his sister, Sue Perna realized her 98-year-old aunt needed more daily help, and that her dad couldn't look after her anymore. Sue's father asked her to take care of Aunt Mary, and sent her a check to build a bedroom onto her Vermont home. Two days after the check arrived, Sue's dad died, and the mother of four took in her 98-year-old aunt. Seven years later, Aunt Mary is 105 and still thriving. Sue talks with Dick about how that decision affected her family's life - the challenges and the unexpected benefits.

  • Music in this story: Young at Heart. One version performed by Dean Martin, one  performed by Jonathan Miles Freeman for the album Journey to Piano Land.
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