Happy Aging is a unique series focused on how to help you age well. These stories have been created in cooperation with AARP and Word In Black.

When the time came, I knew that my mother needed to move into a nursing home. She knew it, too.

Because of her poor balance, she’d had several falls during the previous year and suffered broken bones that required hospitalizations. It was no longer safe for her to live alone in her apartment, and we could not afford to hire round-the-clock aides to stay with her. Providing her with good care in an appealing, well-run facility seemed to make good sense. Like a trouper, my mother agreed to go. I made the logistical arrangements. And then I felt overwhelming guilt.

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