Caregiver

Parenting the Parent: When Adult Children Care for Their Aging Parent

Senior with his adult child son

The first time you notice that something’s a little off with your parent can come as a shock. Maybe Mom suddenly becomes rude when you ask her if she needs help doing something. Or Dad refuses to discuss finances with you when you ask a polite, passing question. You may even brush it off, chalking it up to old age. But then, if that off-ness progresses to big red flags, like not remembering that they spoke to you yesterday, or they forget the directions to the store they visit every week, it starts to become more of a worry. 

Balancing Caregiving Responsibilities When You're in the Sandwich Generation

Generations of family as caregivers

Being an adult is hard work. You’re juggling a ton of responsibilities: a full-time job, managing your home, raising your kids, spending quality time with your spouse ... that’s hectic enough, but if you’re a middle-aged adult who is also taking care of your senior parents, that hecticness gets cranked up to 11. If this is your reality, rest assured that you’re not alone: you’re simply part of the Sandwich Generation.

Long-Distance Caregiving: Moving an Aging Parent Cross-Country

Senior talking on the phone and smiling

As an adult child of a senior parent, you may have noticed that Mom or Dad is having more and more difficulty as the years go by. You’re noticing that the house is looking less than pristine when you come to visit. Maybe they’re growing a little forgetful, or they’ve had a few health scares recently. If you live far away from your parents, you may be constantly in a state of worry as you try to take care of emergencies or even normal tasks from afar. 

Coping with a Spouse’s Move to Senior Living

Senior couple holding house key

When we get married, we often think fondly about growing old together: spending our retirements traveling the world, visiting children and grandchildren, sitting in front of the fire holding hands … the ease and comfort of aging along with your best friend in the world. However, the reality of aging doesn’t always line up with our rose-colored hopes.

Traveling During the Holidays with a Loved One with Memory Loss

Traveling During the Holidays with a Loved One with Memory Loss

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts often turn to visiting friends and family. Whether it’s a short trip across town or a cross-country trip by plane, visiting loved ones makes the holidays merry and bright. But if you’re a caregiver for someone with dementia or another form of memory loss, travel requires more than a little preparation, patience and determination. 

How to Show Appreciation to a Dementia Caregiver

How to Mentally Prepare to be a Caregiver for Your Aging Parent

How to Mentally Prepare to be a Caregiver for Your Aging Parent

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one is no easy feat. Whether you’ve expected to become a caregiver or have had the role thrust upon you, there are many details that need to be worked out in order to help make the journey run as smoothly as possible. Many of these you’ve probably already thought about and prepared for, such as the financial aspect, coordinating living situations, the comfort of your loved one and so on. But one aspect that people don’t always prepare for is the mental aspect of becoming a caregiver for your aging parent.

10 Fun Things to Do in Bucks County in the Summer with Your Aging Parent

10 Fun Things to Do in Bucks County in the Summer with Your Aging Parent

For many families, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and quality time. School lets out, work may have special hours and many people take vacations. When you are caring for an aging parent, you may think that your summer might look a little different, but it’s more than possible to spend these warm summer days and nights enjoying an array of activities with your parent.

Planning & Coping Through Caregiver Holiday Stress

The holidays are upon us. It’s a time for magic, joy, friends, family,  and of course, that dreaded holiday stress. While the holidays can tend to be stressful for anyone, caregivers often have a whole different set of stresses. When caring for a senior with memory loss, the holidays can shift from a time of family and friends to a time of endless holiday preparation, increased caregiving duties and higher chances of caregiver burnout.

Having The Conversation About Dementia & Driving

Having The Conversation About Dementia & Driving

For caregivers and family members who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, one of the biggest concerns is safety. Keeping your loved one out of harm’s way and ensuring they do not harm anyone else becomes one of the top priorities as their disease progresses. This makes it necessary for safety and security measures to be put into place in order for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia to maintain their sense of independence but still be safe. Because most aging seniors fear loss of independence, the subject of driving can be touchy.

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