Family Caregiver

  • Siblings Who Feel Shut Out of Caregiving

    While MIA siblings are the overwhelming norm, some families have very different experiences. This article offers a glimpse into another perspective on caregiving: that oft maligned long-distance siblings may actually be excluded by primary caregivers.

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  • Handling Controlling Elderly Parents

    Are you caring for a senior who tries to control everything and everyone around them? Use these tips to cope with their overbearing behavior while maintaining your own physical and mental health.

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  • How to Communicate with a Senior Who Can No Longer Speak

    It is frightening to watch an aging loved one lose their ability to talk, respond or communicate in any manner, but the powers of touch and hearing can help family caregivers continue to connect with seniors who have aphasia.

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  • “I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”

    Placing a senior in a nursing home can feel like a monumental failure, but this isn’t the case. Adjusting your attitude can help you realize that you are actually fulfilling the underlying commitment you made to your loved one.

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  • The Hazards of Alcoholism in the Elderly

    Age-related changes in the body, chronic health conditions, prescription medications and other factors can magnify the effects of alcohol consumption and jeopardize a senior’s health.

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  • Are Adult Children Responsible for Their Parents’ Debt?

    Many adult children are unaware of their parents’ financial situation until they step in to help manage money or begin the probate process. If you find that a parent has racked up some debt, it’s normal to wonder if you may be on the hook for repayment.

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  • Tips for Managing Medications at Home

    When not used as directed, prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can have devastating consequences. Ask your loved one’s doctor the right questions and use these medication management tips to reduce the risk of medication-related problems.

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  • My Loved One Isn’t Safe Living Alone Anymore—Now What?

    Making care decisions for aging parents is never easy. Use these tips to work with your aging loved ones and devise a plan that balances their safety and independence and gives you added peace of mind.

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  • Involving the Grandkids in Caring for Elderly Parents

    One of the most remarkable and enduring human relationships in our society is between grandparents and their grandkids.Your children may be an important addition to your caregiving team.

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  • Getting Your Siblings to Help With Caregiving

    Caregiving duties often fall to just one adult child. Use these communication techniques to convey the gravity of this responsibility and convince your siblings to lend a hand.

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  • Tips for Caregivers Who Are Managing A Senior’s Investments

    Many family caregivers are granted the power to manage an aging loved one’s finances, and this often includes handling an elder’s investment decisions. While this can be a daunting task, these pointers can help guide you.

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  • How to Keep Seniors Active and Engaged

    If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. In some cases, there is no encouraging or convincing an elderly loved one to remain active.

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  • Signs of Elder Abuse All Caregivers Should Know and Look For

    Both local and long-distance caregivers should learn the overt and subtle signs of mistreatment of the elderly and check for them regularly—ideally in person.

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  • Adult Day Care Can Fill a Gap for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    The benefits of adult day care services are twofold. Your aging parent can enjoy social opportunities, activities and added safety, while you are free to work, run errands, attend appointments or savor some respite time.

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  • Caring for Aging Parents Who Didn’t Care for You

    Caring for aging parents is complicated enough, but for those who endured abusive and neglectful childhoods, caregiving can reopen old wounds and cause new trauma. Choosing whether to participate in a parent’s care is tough, but you do have options.

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  • 5 Types of Elder Abuse and How to Prevent Them

    In order to prevent and detect elder abuse, it is crucial to understand its different forms, who is at risk and how to best support vulnerable seniors and their family caregivers.

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  • The Importance of Counseling for Caregivers

    Caring for an aging loved one is a mentally and physically demanding job. Learn how caregiver counseling can help you achieve emotional stability and provide quality care.

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  • A Story from the Sandwich Generation: Caring for Kids and Parents

    When I first heard the term “Sandwich Generation,” it didn’t occur to me that I was a member of this commendable group. I survived caring for multiple seniors, raising my children and working all at once.

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  • Respite Resources for Family Caregivers

    The daily wear and tear of providing hands-on care adds up. Regular respite must be part of your care plan, because you can’t provide quality care for someone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself.

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  • 9 Ways Caring for Parents is Different Than Caring for Children

    Many people mistakenly compare child rearing to caring for an aging parent, but, as many caregivers know, these two tasks couldn’t be more different.

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