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  •  It is so frustrating and alarming (8+ / 0-)

    as I know what could be coming next. It is the getting lost one day and not knowing where she is. My mom goes to the store several times during the week for which I worry about her safety. She carries this huge purse around with her filled with almost everything she owns including a multitude of credit cards. My dad has been complaining to us about how much in credit card debt my mom has gotten them into but is to afraid to confront her about it. My sister went online and got her credit report and found she has 17 or so credit cards and has racked up $20k in debt. What does she buy that has caused that kind of debt? It isn't apparent as there aren't boxes of stuff from QVC laying around. My sister and I think it is giving to the "TV Hucksters" as my dad calls them on the 700 Club. We think she has written them the checks you get with your CC statements. I contacted a Senior Advocacy agency about it and the only thing I can do to stop it is to get "Financial Power Of Attorney". We have not told my dad that we have this information as it will only worry him which he does not need at this time. Ugh it is hard being a long distance care giver and we haven't even gotten to the hard stuff yet.

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