Independent Living: Starting a Dialogue

The line between being able to live independently and needing assistance can sometimes be very fine. For your loved one’s welfare and your own peace of mind, begin discussing their living situation and their medical, financial and legal needs before problems arise. Inquire about how they see their future and how they want to handle […]

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How to Assess Your Loved One’s Situation

As parents grow older, they face challenges that their adult children may not know how to address. The children may support their parents’ desire to continue living independently, but have concerns about their safety and well-being. One way to help resolve these conflicting emotions, and determine if the parents need assistance, is through an assessment. […]

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35 Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents

Their answers will give you a clearer picture of how your parents are faring and will help you assess their needs. Their Home Is your home still appropriate for you now that you’re getting older? Can you manage the stairs, or would you do better on one level? Does your home have any safety hazards? […]

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What is Dementia?

As caregivers, it can be terrifying to imagine our loved ones forgetting cherished memories or being unable to recognize those closest to them. But the possibility of older-age dementia is one we can’t afford to forget. According to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 25% of caregivers […]

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