Family & Relationships Articles
Issues between siblings often seem to come to a head when a parent begins requiring care. Use these pointers to improve your communication, minimize dysfunction and recognize when it’s time to set boundaries.
Compassion is a fundamental part of any successful relationship. When a loved one falls ill or is facing the end of life, many families experience a whirlwind of emotions. Achieving forgiveness before, during and after death will give your family peace.
Adult children often try to protect their aging parents, but this can cost the elder their independence and dignity. Family caregivers must learn to balance their loved one's quality of life with risks, and this can take practice and patience.
Boundaries are built into every relationship, but when a person is in a caregiving situation, these lines can quickly fall by the wayside. Don't let fear, guilt or obligation prevent you from having some control over your life.
Photo albums, home videos and journals can give family members an idea of what a relative's life was like, but what if you had a record of their life told in their own words? A special company has set out to do just that, and you can too.
Stories about long-married couples who die close together often make the news because they remind us that, ideally, marriage is for eternity.
Tempers can flare when an aging relative has a crisis and family members have varying opinions. Here are some steps for getting the family to agree on a care plan.
As family collaborates to provide needed assistance for your aging parents, keep in mind that openly discussing the situation at hand, encouraging each other and taking caring of your health will help you strengthen your relationships with your siblings.
Familial estrangement and incidences of parent and grandparent alienation seem more prevalent than ever. But there are ways to help keep your family together.
New research shatters the myth of the cranky, aging cynic. But is becoming more trusting as we get older a good or bad thing?
Do you have a friend with a chronic illness? Here are a few strategies for supporting him or her.
When a wife comes down with a serious illness (such as cancer or heart disease) even longtime couples are more likely to divorce, a new study reveals.
Caring for an aging family member can turn everything you think you know about love upside down. But there are simple ways to find support and answers to your most difficult questions.
Becoming the primary caregiver for a spouse in chronic pain goes beyond what might be easily imaginable. Asking for help, staying social, and using humor are just a few of the many valuable suggestions for this difficult task.
"It's time to go to the bathroom now, honey." Elderspeak--you've heard it before; but did you know it can damage an older adult's health?
Rather than avoid the issues of getting older when talking to aging family members, it's important to know how to ease into conversations about aging.
Couples need to consider certain things when making plans for future care. Here are the four steps to successful long-term care planning with a spouse.
Can a caregiver "thrive" while looking after an aging loved one? Two psychologists weigh in on the benefits of the right relationships.
To celebrate our elders’ sage advice, we asked AgingCare.com members to share the most memorable lessons they've received from their grandparents.