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.
Stephanie Thompson

The Challenges of Transitioning a Loved One into a Senior Facility

Longtime Guideposts contributor Stephanie Thompson shares some she learned from helping her husband's 90-year-old grandmother move from her home of 60 years into a facility 200 miles away.

A family enjoying a summer lunch together outdoors.

4 Tips for Dealing with Summer Heat

Older adults are at heightened risk for heat-related illnesses, so prevention is key.

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How I’m Caregiving Differently the Second Time Around

My mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis was a surprise. With my mother-in-law, I’m prepared.

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A caregiver daughter hugging her elderly mother.

5 Ways to Avoid and Repair Relationship Strain When Caring for a Loved One

Take steps to prepare for the changes in your relationship when you care for a loved one

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A senior couple in the park.

How to Plan for Your Family’s Future Caregiving Needs

Plan ahead for the personal and financial realities of caring for an aging loved one

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Kristy and her mom, Flo

Caring for a Difficult Parent

Her mother lived in constant fear, and it wasn't until after her father passed away that Kristy Dewberry understood why.

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4 Methods for Collecting and Preserving Your Loved One’s Life Stories

4 Methods for Collecting and Preserving Your Loved One’s Life Stories

Use a variety of tools to capture your family history

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How to Decide Whether Hospice is Right for Your Loved One

How to Decide Whether Hospice is Right for Your Loved One

A caregiver finds hospice care is a supportive option for her mom

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4 Ways that Storytelling Benefits Older People and Their Caregivers

4 Ways that Storytelling Benefits Older People and Their Caregivers

Encouraging older relatives to share their life stories benefits everyone

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A caregiver tossing a healthy, nutritious salad in the kitchen.

The Importance of Nutrition After a Hospital Stay

Good food is one of the most valuable medications for your loved one’s healing.

4 Tips to Address the Spiritual Side of Caregiving

4 Tips to Address the Spiritual Side of Caregiving

If the person you care for misses their faith community or wants spiritual guidance, you can help

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5 Things to Know Before a Doctor’s Appointment

5 Things to Know Before a Doctor’s Appointment

Follow these practical tips to help you and your loved one make the most of your doctor’s visit

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How Caregiving Prepared Hilary Swank for the Role of a Lifetime

How Caregiving Prepared Hilary Swank for the Role of a Lifetime

The cast and crew of What They Had share how their personal caregiving experiences shaped the film.

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Two Caregivers Find Comfort in This Hymn

Two Caregivers Find Comfort in This Hymn

A famous hymn made all the difference by lifting their spirits together.

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