If you are caring for a special needs child who is quickly approaching adulthood or have found yourself taking over the responsibilities of an aging parent, the decision to apply for legal guardianship is a difficult one to make.Read Full Story
Sure, your grandmother seems to be aging well -- but maybe that's exactly what she wants you to think. Rebecca A. Lorenz, RN, Ph.D., recently monitored women ages 60 to 80 to examine how they cope with -- and mask -- their signs of aging and physical limitations. Results showed that women were resourceful in covering signs of declining mobility, but this could potentially hide symptoms of serious health issues.Read Full Story
At some point, many parents find themselves needing to care for their children as well as their own parents. This can be a difficult situation that requires some tough talks and serious decisions. Being prepared can make the entire process a little easier.Read Full Story
It's estimated that one-third of adults over the age of 65 are living with diabetes. While diabetes can be managed relatively easy for younger adults, seniors managing diabetes present special challenges that can hinder keeping their condition under control. To help manage diabetes in senior parents and loved ones, take these steps to help lower the risk of complications and issues that can arise from an inconsistent and inadequate diabetic care routine.Read Full Story
When my husband first received a tentative diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, I initially felt detached and numb. Could this really be happening to us? He’d been forgetting more than was average for someone in their early 70s, yet I felt mainly disbelief. In the months that followed, my family and I experienced a wide range of feelings: sadness, grief, anxiety, resentment, frustration, fear and anger – all totally understandable. If you’re facing emotional duress because a loved one has Alzheimer’s, here are some of the best tips to help you and your loved one on this journey.Read Full Story
Finding a professional home caregiver can be a stressful responsibility for family members, especially if it is necessary due to sudden medical emergencies and decisions must be made quickly. What do families need to know about providing home health care? It’s critical to factor in cost, job requirements, employee consistency, security issues and expertise. Here’s how to choose the best home health aide for your parents or other family members.Read Full Story
My first clue that my elderly parents needed extra help around their apartment surfaced during a weekend stay with them in Southern California. I was living in Denver working as an executive at a large company. My job entailed travel and I relished opportunities to extend a business trip to visit Mom and Dad.Read Full Story
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