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In past generations, the elderly lived with their grown children and their families as a natural progression of life in the family. Today, with most marriages ending in divorce, and middle aged people living single and still "dating", often the presence of an elderly parent is seen as an intrusion. While in other cultures the care of parents is designated in some kind of organized fashion, either according to the birth order of the child, the sex of the child, or the financial means of the child, in America parents are left to the whims of the children. Nursing homes are facilities that release responsibility from children to take care of elderly ill parents. Senior citizen homes give the elderly a community of people like themselves, but remove them from family life and the presence of young people. How is YOUR family planning to care for your elderly parents? Do your parents have social security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits to cover their costs should you move them into a facility? Which one of you or your siblings is prepared to take an elderly parent into their homes
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