Anyone ever deal with this?
My parents have been divorced for years (both retired now). My Dad is doing fine, found a roomie and is basically enjoying retired life. My mom has been drifting for a while now, and her financial status is precarious. She works FT to pay the bills, and doesn't like her job. She also has ZERO capacity to live alone. Yet she'll only live with family. She can't seem to make connections with people her own age and fine a roommate to share costs. Once her lease runs out on her current apt (January), she's moving in with me in my duplex. I offered because I want to see her under less of a financial burden, and not have to work unless she wants to.
When she moves in with me, she'll be coming back to MA into a town that I grew up in with my brothers and sisters. She has roots in the local church and knows many of the townspeople.
The problem is my adjustment. I'm glad I have time to get used to the idea, because I'm having a hard time imagining going from living independent and alone for the past 22 years, to having someone live with me. She and I are as different as can be. I'm fine with silence, and she loves to chitchat. She has a tendency to spend her money (and others) a bit too freely, and I'm a pragmatist that refuses to get back into debt (I did the whole post-college debt thing in my 20s. Other than my mortgage and my car, I have no debt and I intend to keep it that way)
Any tips? Or things I should consider to help with the transition?
ETA: She's reasonably healthy and will have her own car and get around when she needs to. So no issues on that front.