Family & Relationships Articles

  • Sibling Relationships: Resolving Issues While Caring for Parents

    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.

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  • Saying “No” to Family Drama while Caregiving

    Relationships are often strained when a serious illness and caregiving enter the picture. If your interactions with family members are increasingly stressful and negative, it may be time to stand up for yourself and set some boundaries.

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  • Getting the Family to Agree on a Care Plan for an Older Adult

    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.

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  • Family Meetings: Making Care Decisions for Aging Parents

    Immediate family often serves as the foundation of a senior’s care team, but relationship dynamics can hinder vital planning and decision-making processes. Discover simple do’s and don’ts that will make care meetings less complicated and more productive.

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  • How to Handle Criticism While Caregiving

    Criticism is an inescapable part of life. Although you aren’t likely to change how other people deliver their opinions, you can change how you perceive critical remarks and respond to them.

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  • Our family can't agree on whether or not mom should move to assisted living. What's the solution?

    My elderly mother has dementia. How do I get my siblings to stop fighting me about moving mom to assisted living? We are at a standstill.

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  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

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  • Wise Words from Mum on Living with Dementia

    Caring for Mom: Mum has been steadily declining and is struggling with how to enjoy life despite her growing limitations. Depression and dementia go hand in hand, it seems.

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  • Caregivers Need Supportive Social Networks

    One of the best forms of "help" a caregiver can ask for is basic moral support. Knowing that someone acknowledges and understands their hard work can be the difference between success and total burnout. A social network is a must for family caregivers.

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  • Sex in the Time of Caregiving

    Women are often the primary caregivers for their aging parent(s) or spouse. These responsibilities can weigh heavily on a woman's emotional health and have physical effects as well. Coupled with menopause, intimacy can become especially challenging.

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  • Early Onset Alzheimer's: A Story of Love and Loss

    Dealing with Mom's early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis I learned to live in Mom’s world because she cannot live in mine. This is a glimpse into my ongoing journey with Mom and how I have learned to fight back against dementia.

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  • 10 Misconceptions about Aging

    Those who approach getting older with a positive outlook are more likely to live longer and have a better quality of life. Dismiss common misconceptions and embrace aging with an optimistic mindset.

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  • Caregiving's Toll on Marriage: A Personal Story

    Taking care of a husband with cancer while raising three kids younger than ten was a future I never expected when we first said "I do."

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  • “Elderspeak” Can Be Detrimental to Seniors’ Mental and Physical Health

    Most caregivers who use elderspeak do so with the goal of enhancing interactions with their elders, not degrading them. However, “endearing” pet names and juvenile turns of phrase can erode a senior’s self-esteem and breed resentment.

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  • Managing Feelings of Guilt When Hiring In-Home Care

    Difficult emotions like guilt often bubble up when facing the need to hire in-home care for a senior. Fortunately, there are steps family caregivers can take to restore balance in their lives and feel at peace with the decision to hire help.

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  • 4 Steps for Successful Long-Term Care Planning With a Spouse

    As a couple, facing the financial and emotional requirements of long-term care is a challenge. Here are the four steps to successful long-term care planning with a spouse.

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  • My Nightly Ritual with Dad

    I was intent on making the most of every second Dad and I had together by going on trips and outings, and reminiscing about the past. But he had other plans in mind.

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  • Elder Abuse: For Many Aging Americans, Home is Where the Fraud Is

    A nationwide elder abuse analysis has led to a surprising conclusion that could cause older Americans to think twice about trusting their money to those nearest and dearest to them.

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  • How Caregiving Can Help Us Redefine the True Meaning of Motherhood

    What do we owe our aging mothers? Learning to appreciate those who mothered us during our formative years and finding forgiveness in our hearts for those who faltered in these duties can help us come to terms with these relationships.

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  • Isolation and Loneliness in Caregiving

    Loneliness and caregiving often go hand-in-hand. In addition to exacting an extreme emotional toll, loneliness can carry dangerous consequences. Take these steps to feel more connected while caregiving.

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