Caring for Parents

  • Caring for Your Parent: An Action Plan for Adult Children

    When your aging Mom or Dad needs help, the role of family caregiver can seem overwhelming. Use this five-step plan to ensure you’re prepared to care for an aging parent.

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  • How to Talk About Future Plans With an Aging Parent

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

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  • 10 Things You Should Know About Your Parent's Finances

    Would you know what to do if you suddenly had to take over managing money and paying bills for your parent? Here are 10 things you need to know before assuming this responsibility.

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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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  • Dealing with an Elderly Parent’s Bad Behavior

    Caregivers often deal with unusual, unruly and difficult behaviors from their aging parents. We’ve compiled 10 “bad” behaviors that elders exhibit, and offer tips for coping with them.

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  • Planning Ahead for Mom and Dad's Elderly Care

    Advance care planning can make a critical difference in the lives of your parents as they age. An elder law attorney can help your elderly parents with advance directives, wills, living trusts and power of attorney before they get sick.

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  • 7 Steps to Take When an Elderly Parent is Suddenly Hospitalized

    When an elderly loved one winds up in the hospital, things happen so quickly that it can leave family members overwhelmed by their new roles as advocates and caregivers. Take these 7 steps to quickly get organized and better manage their care.

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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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  • 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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  • Aging With Dignity

    Adult children often try to protect their aging parents, but this can cost the elder their independence and dignity. Family caregivers must learn to respect an elderly parents ability to age on their own terms.

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  • 5 Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Elderly Parent

    If you have concerns about a senior’s ability to live independently or your responsibilities as their sole caregiver, consider both the tangible and intangible benefits of hiring in-home care.

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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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  • Is Caring for Aging Parents More Stressful Than Getting Divorced?

    When an aging loved one's health begins to fail, families are confronted by a variety of challenging decisions. Making care decisions for aging parents has been identified as a significant life stressor.

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  • This Is What Happened When My Parents Moved In

    Eleven years have passed since my parents moved in with my husband and me. What I didn’t anticipate was that opening up our home to my mom and dad would, in a sense, shut the door to our refuge.

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  • 6 Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

    Caring for a senior who lives far away presents many unique challenges. Use these six pointers to stay organized and informed while caregiving from a distance.

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  • How to Keep Your Career Skills Sharp While Caregiving

    Many caregivers find themselves abandoning prosperous careers to take care of their elderly loved ones. But being a caregiver doesn't mean you have to give up on your career.

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  • How to Put an Elderly Loved One on a Budget

    Budgeting can be tricky, especially for seniors who are living on a fixed income. Learn how to help a senior evaluate their income, assets, and expenses and develop a monthly budget they can actually follow.

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  • Elderly Temper Tantrums: What's Behind the Outburst?

    We tend to think of temper tantrums as only pertaining to small children or teens, but even the elderly act out at times. Learn what's behind these angry outbursts and how to best handle them without losing your own temper.

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  • How to Legally Force a Loved One to Move to a Senior Living Facility

    What is a caregiver to do when a senior refuses to move to long-term care but is no longer safe living at home? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when they are no longer competent.

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