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The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for broaching the subject of unsafe driving with an aging loved one.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for facilitating communication with a loved one who has PD.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for dealing with confusion and frustration when providing care for a loved one with dementia.

Like many other dementia patients, my mother repeatedly asks a handful of complex and emotionally charged questions. This is how I try to set her mind at ease.

Shadowing, repeating questions and wandering are all troubling symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Caregivers often are annoyed with these behaviors and may try to correct them, but it is important to remember that these patients do not have control over their actions.

As a loved one's dementia progresses, it can be extremely difficult for them to communicate with their caregiver and other family members. There are a few simple tips to keep in mind that can help conversations go more smoothly.

These strategies can be used to help plan final arrangements for yourself and your loved ones. Frank discussions about funeral planning are wise to have at any age. Don't put it off until it is too late.

Those affected by cognitive impairment don't always recognize that they have a problem. This poses a number of problems for the caregiver including whether or not to share this new and significant change with friends and family.

The repetition of Mum’s stories could make me crazy, but on good days I find ways to cope. The trick is to keep the conversation fresh. I amuse myself and make Mum happy.

The ability to communicate may be diminished following a stroke or due to the progression of a neurological disease. A variety of tools and strategies are available for interacting with a loved one who has speech problems.

After a week of restlessness and discomfort, Mom finally had a day of peace. It’s times like these that get me through the difficult days of dementia and its progression.

As my mom struggles, I feel helpless and it breaks my heart. We have been on a journey with dementia for 16 years now and the good times are gifts that I store away for a rainy day.

A company has set out to preserve seniors' legacies for future generations by using video interviews, family photos, old letters and other personal memorabilia to produce a unique theater-quality film.

It can be difficult for friends and family to think of the right things to say to a loved one who has cancer. When in doubt, avoid using these phrases and simply listen to what the cancer patient has to say.

Actress Connie Shulman discusses the life-altering impact of learning that her friend had dementia, and how important it is to support patients and their families.

Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to talk with Charlie that I end up ignoring him and reading a book. I don't want to hurt him, but there comes a point when I just can't take it anymore.

"It's time to go to the bathroom now, honey." Elderspeak--you've heard it before; here's how it can damage an older adult's health.

End-of-life subjects are tough for most people, and yet they are so important. I'm getting better at thinking about and discussing them, and want to be sure my kids and grandkids don't have lingering issues when I bite the dust.

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.

Don't wait until a crisis hits to talk about the future with an aging family member. Learn how to navigate these difficult conversations gracefully.
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