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5 Signs That Your Aging Parents May Need Help

  
  
  
http://safetymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2953802-woman-and-her-elderly-mother-cooking-a-meal-together.jpgVisiting your aging parents for the holidays after not having seen them for a while can be eye-opening.  You might notice some changes – confusion when they’re relaying a story,  less agility when they’re getting out of a chair – but there also could be some serious red flags that your parents might need the help of a caregiver or a different living situation.

Here are some things to look for:

Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s

  
  
  

As is the case with many bloggers, I find writing about my personal situations is not only cathartic but often times will help one of my readers who is facing a similar situation.  Currently my topic du jour is being an adult child caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s .  As a national family safety and wellness expert, I’ve frequently focused on child and teen issues.  But my career has consistently followed my
life path and now I’m becoming well versed in the issues facing aging parents.

I’m not sure what’s been harder, watching my dad decline and succumb to this horrific affliction or standing by as my mom tries to deny the situation and handle it herself.  Actually that’s not true – it’s been much harder dealing with my mom.  Truth be told, my father and I were never very close.  There has always been an emotional dis-attachment between the two of us.  My mother, on the other hand, has been my best friend forever.   I’ve watched her age before my eyes.  Nurses and social workers have all commented about the incredible care she provides my dad.  Her love for him is endless and, as a result, she has lost herself in becoming a 24/7 caregiver for her husband.


Parenting Your Parent With Out Losing Your Mind and Money

  
  
  

While there are plenty of books on the market on how to be a parent and “what to expect,” I’ve yet to see a book on “What To Expect When You Care For Your Aging Parents.”

Mom, Wife, Caregiver….Circus Performer? I Didn’t Pack Enough for This Guilt Trip

  
  
  
Spinning Plates

Mom, Wife, Caregiver….Circus Performer? I Didn’t Pack Enough for This Guilt Trip

Surprise! You're A Caregiver now!

  
  
  
Being a caregiver

Life is difficult at times and can throw unexpected challenges which one cannot escape. One such trial that can present itself rather suddenly is becoming a caregiver to an elder or a disabled family member! A new caregiver has a lot to learn before handling such an important responsibility. She has to understand what kind of care the elder or disabled person needs, has to know what happens to the patient if the caregiver herself is run down or ill and also about the care quality to be offered to the patient.

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