For many, the death of a mother is one of the most emotional and difficult times you will go through. She was your support system, number one fan and always looking out for you. Besides processing your own feelings and emotions, you may also be helping your father process his. Here a four tips to help your dad cope with the loss of a spouse.
When a parent becomes dependent on you to assist them with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, or running errands — life can change drastically for both you and your parent.
After a lifetime of your parent being the caregiver, this role-reversal can create tension in your relationship.
It’s an uncomfortable topic: talking about safety concerns, isolation, errors in managing medications at home or the plethora of other reasons assisted living becomes a topic of discussion.
For many seniors who have chronic diseases, taking a daily medication is essential for maintaining health and quality of life. But, receiving multiple prescriptions from different doctors, or a miscalculation in dose can also be a source of danger.
Change is difficult at any age but can be particularly difficult when it concerns older adults.
The choice to stay at home or move into an assisted living community can be difficult emotionally for both the older adult and their family. Weighing the potential options can be a tumultuous time for families, and it can drive divisions between parents and children and between siblings.
There is potential for conflict at every stage of the discussion — conflict about what to do, how to do it and how to pay for it. However, through patient communication and creative problem solving, families can successfully navigate the decision-making process.
Moving from home to an assisted living community is a big change for both your parent, as well as you. For some families, they will have never felt stronger and united than the day they see their mom or dad happy in the assisted living community chosen. For others, conflict and turmoil will make this one of the most difficult decisions ever faced.
Siblings disagree (shocking surprise, right?). Whether it be a heated argument over the “official” rules when playing Monopoly as kids to which house should host Thanksgiving when you are adults, I’d venture to bet that your family has experienced its fair share of ups and downs.
Depression and isolation has become increasingly common among today’s aging population, and they come with significant health risks.
Higher than average suicide rates in those over the age of 85 years old are causing wide-spread concern across the United States.
Unfortunately, stereotyping can get in the way of getting an aging loved one who is depressed or isolated the help they need.
How likely are you to need some form of long-term care? According to one study you have a nearly 70 percent chance of needing some kind of long-term care in your lifetime.
Typically, the decision isn’t made alone. More commonly, family encouragement to make the decision is needed.
As the baby-boom generation ages, assisted living will continue to grow in popularity. Assisted living communities offer seniors a way to live independently while getting assistance with daily living activities. While living alone comes with risks of social isolation and loneliness, assisted living offers a vibrant, social environment that improves mental and physical health.