Taking over an aging parent's finances is a difficult -- but important -- step to protect them from the consequences of neglecting their accounts. But once adult children have made that difficult decision, they may find that they have to deal with another obstacle: distance.
When I retired, something I had never really planned on doing, I was asked over and over again by friends and family, "What are you going to do now?" A year passed before I could acknowledge to myself that I was depressed.
We're in, as my son puts it, "God's waiting room." The population has a decidedly gray tinge, but all these phrases, often dropped in conversation with a gentle mixture of humor and disdain, miss something significant that happens here.