An estimated 46 million Americans are serving as caregivers for a loved one. Baby boomers may spend more time caring for parents than they did their own children, at costs ranging from $800 to $8,000 per month. Organizing plans to care for an aging loved one starts with a conversation -- albeit a tough one.
I'm sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of my mother's closet. She's recovering from cancer surgery and I'm in cleaning mode -- my goal for the afternoon is to organize her shoes. From the very first pair, I become a kind of shoe-ologist, focused on learning as much as I can about who she is and the road she's traveled.