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My 87 year old mum was widowed six years ago. She has never had friends or been able to sort her own finances out. I have often felt more like the parent than the child, to the point I moved 30 miles away to live my own life.
I have always visited and done her shopping every week, but when her mobility deteriorated she had a lot of falls resulting in a fractured femur and she could no longer cope alone.
When it came to it, I could not let her go into a nursing home and now she lives with me. Most of the time it's fine, but I sometimes feel very angry that she did not help herself more. A lot of her health problems are due to the fact she did not exercise and has always been overweight, but she has never taken responsibility for herself. Has anyone else had a similar experience or feel responsible for a parent?
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