Ask Amy: He did this shocking thing to our dad with Alzheimer’s

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

DEAR AMY: When my elderly parents were living in an assisted-living facility, both my older sister and brother lived nearby.

My father had earned a very good living and was a meticulous planner. They had accumulated a sizable nest egg that enabled them to live very comfortably in retirement, with the likelihood that there would be a reasonable sum left after they died.

After my father developed Alzheimer’s disease, my brother agreed to assume control of their financial affairs. After our father’s death, my sister took on the role, and is now in charge of Mom’s finances.

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To her horror, she discovered that my brother had taken large sums of money from our our parents’ accounts for his personal use, including for the purchase of a new car.

She confronted him, and he admitted to the theft, saying that he needed the money to try and repair his money problems. He begged her not to tell his wife.

He repaid a small portion, but said he simply couldn’t repay the rest. My …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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