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Should we move Mom and Dad back home?

Posted Jan 26 2013 12:00am

To move or not to move? That is the (perennial) question. Mom and Dad retired and joined friends who moved from the cold north winters to warm, dry Arizona. They were healthy and had a good life. That was twenty years ago. Now, Mom is getting frail, and Dad has heart problems.

The “kids,” Sally and Lance, still live up north – Sally in Minnesota and Lance in Wisconsin. They would like their parents to move close to one of them. They want to make sure their folks have the help they need, and be available for emergencies. Sally lives close to where she grew up, and feels her parents would feel at home living near her. But her parents think otherwise. It’s been twenty years since they left. Most of their Minnesota friends are gone – moved or deceased. In Arizona, they have friends, church and familiar doctors. Sure, they’d like to be closer to their kids, but it’s going to mean taking on a whole new type of life. Moving back takes them out of their comfort zone.

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