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How to make sure that caring for a family member doesn’t ruin your life

Bobbie Orsi, a 61-year-old nurse and director of community relations at Home Instead in Pittsfield, Mass., is responsible for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, her 84-year-old mother and her aunt living in a skilled nursing facility.

Orsi is often juggling her needs with theirs: always having her husband’s pill box full, but sometimes forgetting to fill her own prescriptions; sharing their finances for his care; running errands for her mom; and acting as durable power of attorney for her aunt. Her husband is physically able to take care of himself, as is her mother with her household chores, but she’s the one making the doctor appointments and seeing to other caretaking arrangements.

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