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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  • 11 Things You Should Never Say To a Caregiver

    Even well-intentioned comments and questions can be hurtful when they come from someone who doesn’t understand what caregivers are going through.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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  • Apologizing After Caregiver Stress Causes a Blowup

    Caregiving is a stressful job even during the best of times. Don't be too hard on yourself if you blow up from time to time but do look for reasons why you are feeling angry or frustrated and learn how to offer a sincere apology.

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  • How Caring for a Spouse Can Strengthen Your Bond

    Transitioning from a partner to a caregiver brings forth a host of emotions. A wife shares her struggle with deciding to be her husband’s primary caregiver and making the best of every day with him.

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  • A Guide to Caring for a Narcissistic Senior

    Those with NPD tendencies are so caught up in themselves that they have a limited ability to love other people, understand their perspectives or value their emotions. Accepting this reality will help you come to terms with your uniquely difficult caregiving role, alter your expectations and set boundaries with your care recipient.

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  • When a Loved One with Alzheimer's Doesn't Recognize You

    Watching an aging parent or spouse progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be a heartbreaking experience. The loss of cognitive abilities becomes especially painful when mom or dad no longer recognizes their own family.

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  • Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships

    Caring for a loved one who is critical, abusive or impossible to please can be damaging to your health and well-being. Learn to set personal boundaries to provide care in a safe and sane manner.

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  • Top 3 Excuses From Siblings Who Don't Help With Caregiving

    It can be disheartening when you reach out to siblings for help and support, but they only offer up excuses. Take an objective look at their reasons for staying at arm’s length and learn how you can get everyone on the same page.

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  • 11 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy While Caregiving

    The strain of caring for an aging parent can take a serious toll on caregivers’ relationships with their significant others. These tips can help keep your relationship strong and keep caregiving from overwhelming the both of you.

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  • Should Your Elderly Loved One Move in with You?

    Moving an aging parent in with you can be complicated. A realistic approach toward multi-generational living will help you determine how living with an elder will affect the entire family dynamic.

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