Family shenanigans are the stuff of sitcoms – but they’re not so funny when you’re coping with an aging parent. Dilemmas such as these are tricky – they aren’t matters for the police, or for a lawyer – or even for Dear Abby. How can you understand your parent’s behaviour – get them to see reason – to act logically and responsibly, and to commit to making a positive change?
Whether you’re a senior or ‘adult child’, you rely on many sources of information to help you plan for care, support, housing and the associated expenses. Have you noticed that everyone’s an expert?
‘The Talk’ invokes discussion, arguments, tears, laughter and every other emotion, all of which are perfectly natural. While it’s one of the most important talks in a person’s life, there’s no need to dread it if you keep these tips in mind.
With so many home care providers out there, I’m overwhelmed. What criteria should I use to find the best care provider for my mum? New caregiving agencies seem to emerge constantly. It’s essential that you feel comfortable with a caregiver’s ability, reputation and affordability.
Imagine buying a car. You’d check ads, articles, the Internet, and talk to friends. You’d think carefully about the size of car, the features that are must-have’s, its intended use and, above all, your budget. You’d visit a few dealers, ask a lot of questions, do a test-drive and strike a deal you felt comfortable with.
Approaching a move to a retirement home isn’t much different!
The traditional definition of family is changing in Canada, with four in 10 first marriages ending in divorce, as reported in the 2006 census. For the first time in Canadian history, there are more unmarried people than legally married people.
“Boomerang?” The terminology may differ, but every hospital unit knows them – the patient is discharged, but despite everyone’s best efforts, is soon re-admitted with the same health issues, landing right back onto the ward. What causes the boomerang, and how can it be prevented?
Parents, adult children and finances – a recipe for misunderstanding and confrontation, or an opportunity for generations to work together? Is it possible? Decidedly, it is – but, like all good things, it takes awareness, co-operation and planning. It’s essential to understand the dynamics that motivate both generations.
The news is full of horror stories about long waits in Emergency rooms. Is there any point in even taking my elderly parents there? How can I be sure they are seen quickly? It’s important to understand how Emergency departments run, the alternatives, and some tips for preventing a health crisis. Here are some guidelines:
he gist of brain fitness programs is the phenomenon of ‘brain plasticity’, which is a relatively new discovery that the brain, rather than being a static organ, actually changes throughout one’s life. It has been proven that changes in neural pathways and synapses, caused by changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, can continue well into adulthood.