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I found the discussion fascinating, and hope to read her book soon. We are in crisis with my mother, 103 on 6/24, who has gone within a month from being able to live alone in her waterfront cabin (with some supervision) to being flat on her back with severe spinal pain in addition to the congestive heart failure she has been battling for a few months. I live in Colorado, and Mother and my two younger brothers live in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Mother has been living with one brother during winters and during her recent disability, with another brother assisting as feasible. I have made two visits this year, spending a few days each time assisting h in her cabin. We are struggling with issues of whether this can be "fixed," or whether it is the start of a declining process in a nursing home, as the principal cretaker family is about burned out and have their own health problems. Ironically, I am the eldest and perhaps the healthiest, but time/distance factors and responsibility for a 25-year-old son with cerebral palsy prevent me from doing much beyond correspondence with Mother and brothers plus research assistance on various matters. Must close to read medical reports...

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