Aging Parents

Caring for aging parents is both a responsibility and a privilege for grown children. Though supporting elderly parents can be challenging, the gift you give your aging parents by making their lives easy and comfortable is a concrete way to thank them for all the love they have given you in your life.

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5 Tips for Navigating Mother’s Day When You're Caring for Your Mom

The founder of a community for women balancing eldercare, kids and career says you have to find your ‘sweet spot.’

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Understanding Self-Neglect—the Most Prevalent Form of Elder Abuse

Once you recognize the signs, you can take steps to help protect the older adults in your life.

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Her Mother With Alzheimer’s Sang ‘Silent Night’

Dementia had taken away so much from her mother and her family. But at the Christmas Eve service, she realized their faith would see them through.

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Tips to Prepare for a Loved One’s Visit to the Hospital

It helps to be ready for anything from an emergency situation to a routine procedure.

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How to Protect an Older Adult from a Grandparent Scam

This not uncommon form of fraud requires a watchful eye.

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The Power of the Written Word: Pen Pals for Older Adults

Letters can be a great means of breaking through social isolation.

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4 Rewards to Bridging the Generations

Intergenerational programming offers creative ways for people of all ages to spend time together.

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Protecting Yourself from Physical Injury as a Family Caregiver

A caregiving expert shares tips to help you remain safe as you carry out your tasks.

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11 Tips to Venture Out with a Loved One Who Has Memory Loss

Plan successful outings, while supporting your loved ones’ physical and mental well-being. 

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Mealtime Changes That Can Benefit a Loved One with Dementia

Small shifts in the foods you prepare, the table setting and the environment can have a big impact.

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How Creative Expression Can Improve Your Loved One’s Well-Being

Participating in the arts offers a host of physical, mental and social benefits for older adults.

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5 Ways to Give Back on Father’s Day

Whether you’re celebrating the day as your dad’s caregiver, or honoring his memory, consider these special ways to return and share his love.

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Meeting Your Mom’s Needs on Mother’s Day When She Has Memory Loss

A geriatric doctor, who cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s, shares tips to keep your celebration simple and flexible.

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5 Signs Your Senior Loved One Feels Isolated and Lonely

Trouble sleeping, withdrawal and changes in appearance are just a few of the things caregivers should watch out for.

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How Could She Best Care for Her Widowed Father During the Pandemic?

They made a new guest suite for him. But was he ready to give up his independence?

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Dental Care and Older Adults

With vigilance and gentle guidance, you can help your loved one maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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