Are you going to a family reunion this summer? Maybe you have a brother or sister to whom you hardly speak. Perhaps you see that sibling during family events, like a family reunion and largely ignore him or her or make do with chitchat as you seethe inside. If you fit this description, you are in the same lurching boat as uncounted siblings all over the world. That wound from childhood may still ache enough to keep you on the furrowed path your family followed when you were young. In midlife , however, you and adult siblings may need to come together again to be part of a niece or nephew’s wedding or christening, help plan a parent’s anniversary dinner, reunion or oversee the care of elderly family members. That’s when we need to examine the roots of our sibling relationship.

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Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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  1. Anne says:

    How timely–with July 4th reunions fresh in peoples’ minds and the rest to come, I hope this spurs family members to take a positive step towards change and an opportunity to address the old wounds.

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