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

    Known as advanced care planning, have a conversation with your elderly parents on advance directives, wills, living trusts, health care proxies, 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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  • 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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  • 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 from Long-Distance Caregivers

    Caring for an elderly parent who lives far away presents unique challenges. Here are six things a long-distance caregiver needs to know about providing care from afar.

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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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  • How to Talk to Aging Parents About Assisted Living

    Talking to aging parents about assisted living can be tough. The conversation about moving to a retirement community or an assisted living facility doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally charged. Use these tips to encourage a healthy discussion before a crisis arises.

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  • Visiting Senior Housing: Mom Refuses to Get out of the Car

    After months of discussing, arguing and pleading, your family has finally convinced mom to take a tour of an assisted living community nearby. But what do you do when she refuses to get out of the car?

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  • Five Questions All Caregivers Should Ask Themselves

    Is caring for mom and did right for you? What should you know about caregiving? How do you know if you can handle the responsibilities and time commitments of caregiving while keeping your own sanity and protecting your other relationships?

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  • How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living

    Convincing a parent to move to assisted living could be beneficial for their social life, safety, and physical well-being. But how do you get stubborn aging parents to make the big move?

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  • How to Get Guardianship of a Senior

    If an aging loved one has not named a power of attorney and is losing their ability to think clearly and handle aspects of their daily life, it might be time to seek guardianship.

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  • How To Know If Your Parent Has Dementia

    Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Explore signs, symptoms and what to do if a senior is showing signs of dementia.

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