Elderly Histrionic Mother
My elderly parents live in another state, my father has cancer that will be terminal. I am going out more frequently to make sure they're taking care of themselves, and to handle the chores. My mother has a histrionic personality that is very alienating. I have many avoidant/schizoid traits. Without my father in her life, she will have increased difficulties in relating to the world. It's difficult for me to interact with her, but I do want to make sure she can function after Dad's death. Is there some reference work you might recommend that might help me bridge this gulf of personalities? I know it will only be a temporary bridge, but I feel I need to convince her to move into a retirement community where she won't fall prey to scammers who with a little sweet talk can easily take advantage of someone with her personality. Thank you.
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