Category: Family

The Joys Grandchildren Bring to Seniors

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One of the great joys of a grandparent’s life is spending time with their grandchildren. As children get older and family schedules become more complicated to balance, it’s important to carve out time and include the younger generation in family visits, whether grandparents live at home or in a senior living community. You may be… Read more »

Did You Notice a Decline in Your Parents Over the Holidays?

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During the holidays, many families may have visited their aging loved ones, seeing them in-person for the first time in months, possibly even since last year. These visits are important because they provide families with time to reconnect and share in the joys of the season, but they also provide adult children with a valuable… Read more »

The Importance of Advance Directive Documents

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As you or your loved one ages, a conversation that must happen involves the matter of planning for end-of-life care. While it’s not a conversation that people look forward to, it’s important to understand their wishes before being faced with a decision when an emergency situation occurs. A large part of that conversation should focus… Read more »

7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help

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While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house. Opening the fridge, they were shocked to find layers of mold, hardened food and multiple jars of the same… Read more »

Making the Decision to Move: My Mom’s Journey

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Several years ago, my mom made a decision that would change how she lived out the rest of her life. Following a lot of family discussions, research, and tears, she moved to an independent living community. My mom and dad raised my brothers and me in a small-ish (population: 29,000) southern town. Mom could drive… Read more »

8 Things Not to Say to Your Aging Parents

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I’m going to say something politically incorrect here: Sometimes our elderly parents make us a little nuts. (And sometimes they out-and-out drive us crazy.) We love you, Mom and Dad, but we’ve heard the story about Aunt Cissy pouring wine in the dog’s bowl so many times we can tell it ourselves — in our… Read more »