Tough Issues Articles
Although elderly and disabled care recipients are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of verbal and physical mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their patient?
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.
To me, guns are in the same category as cars—both can be lethal weapons and it's hard to know when to step in and stop a loved one from using them.
How far should a caregiver go in supporting the wants and needs of a beloved spouse or parent – or even their child – when the requested support may hasten death?
Caregivers are often confronted with difficult decisions regarding their loved one's care. Here are some strategies for making these choices and maintaining your sanity.
Seniors are having more sex. But assisted living facilities and nursing homes struggle to balance an aging adult's need for intimacy and companionship with the safety of all involved.
Caring for the elderly can be challenging — particularly if a loved one is resistant to care, has a bad attitude or exhibits bad behaviors. To manage a difficult loved one,the key is understanding what is causing the problems.
Every family is different, but in parent care we often see a gender division. The men are (sometimes) willing to do their "guy jobs." But hands-on care for their own parents or their wife's parents, not so much.
Loneliness can be debilitating to older adults and may predict serious health problems and even death.
When a senior's health declines to the point that they can no longer care for their pet, and the caregiver is unable to adopt the animal, what options are left?
Could being diagnosed with cancer cause someone to want to end their life? Research says that dire news may cause a senior to consider suicide, but caregiver intervention and the development of productive coping techniques can help.
How are you supposed to respond to such a declaration? Furthermore, how are you supposed to personally cope with the fact that the care you're providing doesn't seem to be enough?
Ageist attitudes are not only hurtful, they are harmful. It's not just younger people – family members, friends, or complete strangers are doling out the ageist remarks. Some health care professionals have the same attitude.
Businesses in nearly every industry, from finance and insurance to senior housing, can benefit from making it mandatory for employees to participate in aging sensitivity training.
Many young people barely out of their teens, have become caregivers for their grandparents. How do these grandchildren-turned-caregiver handle the stress that comes along with caring for an elder?
How do we celebrate special occasions when one or more of the people involved can't participate? Do we follow through, or do we pretend the special day doesn't exist?
As your parents age and need assistance with life's tasks – from balancing a checkbook to dealing with insurance claims – its hard to know how to take charge, without taking over. How do you help without it turning into an argument?
Whether your parent is in denial about their health or intentionally withholding information, it is vital for them to receive a proper evaluation. Discover methods to help the physician see the truth about your parent’s situation.
It can be difficult to get in the holiday spirit when an elderly loved one is terminally ill. But, the extra family time could be a blessing in disguise if you accept the impending loss and use the time afforded to you by the holidays wisely.
5 common Alzheimer’s behaviors that aren't necessarily dangerous, but baffle and frustrate caregivers: How to handle them and keep your sanity. The problem could be you…not your parent! Coping with the new normalcy when you are an Alzheimer’s caregiver.