Abandoning Boomer parents

A woman not unreasonably wonders why she should be expected to look after parents who didn’t look after their own:

“People should think about what example they’re setting for their kids. My parents didn’t look after their own parents – they spent their 50s and 60s enjoying the freedom of being empty nesters and working to secure their own retirement. I’m wondering why I should do differently?”

Now, my parents did look after my grandparents until they died and I expect my brothers and I will do the same. But I don’t blame the Gen Xers and Millennials who see no reason why they should bother themselves about parents who haven’t shown much interest in their own parents, their children, or their grandchildren.


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