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Those of us fortunate enough to have aging parents know it's a double-edged sword. We want them around as for as long as possible but along with the positive aspects of aging, often frailty, mental decline, health issues, loneliness, and depression come along for the ride. 

Coping with these issues while making sure our parents stay safe, healthy, and out of the hospital — exactly what they did for us growing up — can be taxing, to say the least. After all, as adult children of aging parents, we might still be raising our own children, working full or part time, nurturing a marriage, and taking on what seems to be a million other responsibilities. 

While every situation is different, generally speaking there are some things you can do to help make your life — and parents’ lives — easier as they travel through late adulthood. Take note of the following tips to help you navigate the journey.