Start the Discussion: Address Financial Management with Your Senior Loved One

It’s a sensitive topic to discuss with aging parents, but one that should be resolved at some point: finances. Many adult children are hesitant to muddle with parents’ financial matters until there is a glaring need, but starting up the discussion ahead of the need provides ample chance to ensure all things are in order. […]

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You Said What? Tips for Kinder Communication with Elderly

Honesty is always the best policy, right? Yet there are occasions when some truths are better left unsaid, or at the very least worded more positively, especially when communicating with elderly loved ones. Although we may have the finest of intentions in attempting to help older adults navigate life, we can assist in preventing hurt […]

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Dividing Elderly Care Costs Without Causing a War with the Family

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Do you remember how challenging it could be as a child to learn the concept of sharing with your siblings? Though the incredible importance of thinking of others’ feelings, and also being fair, was impressed upon us while very young, it may still be a hurdle to minimize sibling squabbles in terms of difficult decisions […]

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How to Handle a Parent with Dementia in Denial

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“How can you say I have Alzheimer’s disease? There is nothing wrong with me!” If you’ve ever heard a senior loved one with dementia frustratingly communicate this or a similar sentiment, it’s likely you have believed that individual was just in denial and not willing to come to grips with a tough diagnosis. The truth […]

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Senior Driving: Is It Time for Mom to Give Up the Car Keys?

Discussing an Elderly Parent's Ability to Drive a Car
It is among the more difficult decisions we face in later years, and a very sensitive subject for adult children to broach with their elder parents: surrendering the car keys. Driving ourselves, while offering an intrinsic sense of freedom and independence, may become extremely unsafe due to a variety of variables pertaining to growing older. […]

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Visiting with Aging Parents for the Holidays? Use This Checklist to Assess Their Safety Level.

Living across the country from family makes it challenging to visit our older loved ones as much as we’d wish, but when the holiday season arrives, families make an extra effort to spend time with each other – making it the ideal opportunity to appraise a senior loved one’s safety and wellbeing. There are many […]

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When a Senior Loved One Has Dementia, How Do You Manage the Holidays?

Watching the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can seem to be anything but merry and bright. Family may be weighed down with caregiving responsibilities, and the disruption to routine may bring about more distress for a senior dealing with the effects of dementia. Nevertheless, with a little creativity and adjustment of expectations, […]

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Prevent Caregiver Burnout by Staying Social

Let’s be genuine: providing care for a senior can become tiring, overwhelming, isolating and lead one on a path to caregiver burnout. When caregiving requirements advance, particularly when a long-term disease like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is at play, family care providers might feel that they’re in over their heads, and getting through the most […]

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