Can Americans be any more self-centered? Apparently they can. Family is anyone under 70 who doesn't need us. Seeing the statistics and comments in this category dashed some hopes for the future of compassion in this country. I learned it as a kid because my great grandmother lived with us. I watched her grow old, get sick and die. I was alone with her when she fell. She soiled herself and had blood coming out of her mouth. I called for help - but meanwhile I changed her, bathed her, put her in a nightie and tucked her into bed. I was forever changed that day. Her passage from life to fragility to death made me a more empathic, caring person.
If you're raising kids by the seat of your bank account, don't be surprised when they dash your sorry ... Off into a nursing home before your time.