Caring for Parents Articles

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

    When you first realize you may have to take care of your aging parent(s), the task can seem overwhelming. Here's an easy-to-follow action plan for adult children to follow.

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  • How to Talk about the Future with an Aging Family Member

    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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  • How to Handle an Elderly Parent's Bad Behavior

    Fellow caregivers share their advice and real-life experiences with responding to and managing an aging loved one’s personality changes and difficult behaviors.

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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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  • Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

    Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. In-home care provides invaluable mental and physical benefits for caregivers and seniors alike.

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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 first moved in with me. What I didn’t anticipate was that opening up my home to my parents would, in a sense, shut the door to my own 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

    Putting an elder on a budget can be tricky, especially if they rely on a fixed income. Learn how to evaluate their assets and expenses and develop a monthly budget.

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

    Temper tantrums aren't reserved for toddlers. Unfortunately they can occur at any time in life, even among the elderly. Learn what's behind them and what you can do about it.

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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 is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to long-term care? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when competency is in question.

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