Caring for a loving and grateful aging parent can be overwhelming at times. So, imagine what it’s like caring for someone who isn’t just struggling physically, but is also mean, manipulative, and highly self-involved.
Unfortunately, some people don’t need to imagine, as this is exactly what happens when you are supporting a narcissistic aging parent. Caring for someone like this requires a whole new set of approaches and ways to protect yourself.
There’s often some learning to do too. After all, if you grew up with a narcissistic parent, you will have developed coping strategies along the way. Some of those strategies may have been crucial when you were young, but they’re not helping you at all now.
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