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Anguish and guilt at outliving adult children

Successful management of long-term conditions may mean more older people facing the cruel blow of losing adult children.
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Successful management of long-term conditions may mean more older people facing the cruel blow of losing adult children.

‘Old age ain’t no place for sissies’, film star Bette Davis once said, and how right she was.

It is a time when your health may not be as good as it was or when poor health starts to present a more serious threat. You can understand why the actress thought that, since fragility and weakness are inevitable, old age is a time to toughen up and face reality.

I manage a nursing home that provides care for up to 35 people, most of them in their 90s.

There have been times over the past couple of years when we have had to comfort these people through situations they, or we, had not planned for – the

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