Don't Wait to Talk to Your Senior Parents

Posted by The Arbors on Aug 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You love your parents. But the Sunday afternoons you used to spend eating dinner and catching up are now taken up with you or your spouse shoveling the driveway or mowing the lawn.

Instead of your dad calling you to ask about your day, he calls to ask you to pick up some prescriptions.

You’ve taken to checking their refrigerator each time you go over, because they not only have expired food in there, they’re eating it.

The call from the emergency room to your workplace has already occurred once when your mom became dehydrated from the flu. You’re already dreading another call, which you fear could come at any time.

Your amazing parents, who took care of you when you were a child, need more help than you can provide.

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Topics: Caregiving

10 Things to Do When Taking Mom Out for the Day

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Have you ever hesitated to take your mom or dad along for a family activity because you were concerned about their health? If your parent needs oxygen or has difficulty walking, or has serious medical issues, you may be concerned that your planned activity may be too much for them.

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Topics: Future Planning, Health, Mental health, Caregiving, Senior Health

Is Caregiving Ruining Your Relationships?

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When a parent or spouse falls ill, your first instinct is to take care of them. After all, you love them, and you want what’s best for them. But is taking care of their physical, emotional, and financial needs best for you and your relationship?

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Topics: Caregiving

Make Your Senior Parent's Day When You Can't Visit

Posted by The Arbors on May 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You made plans to visit your mom and dad. It doesn’t matter whether it was their birthday or a holiday or just a plain old visit, but you aren’t going to be able to make it. Even before they retired, they looked forward to seeing you and the grandkids. You know your visit was going to be the highlight of their week.

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Topics: Caregiving

Spring Activities for Seniors

Posted by The Arbors on May 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When you live in the north, the first nice day lures residents outdoors. We don’t even wait for spring. We walk our dogs, mow our lawns, plant seeds, take walks and enjoy the weather.

However, sometimes, as we grow older, we lose the urge to bask in the sun and smell the grass growing. That’s not good for our health. It’s even worse for the health of our parents.

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Topics: Caregiving

10 Signs Caregiving Is Stressing You Out

Posted by The Arbors on Apr 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You’re a caregiver. You send care packages to your child in college. You watch your grandchildren. You have a loving relationship with your spouse. And you help your parents now that they’re growing older.

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Topics: Caregiving

Are You Your Mom’s Only Friend?

Posted by The Arbors on Feb 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Does this sound like your mom?

  • She rarely leaves the house.
  • Few people visit her.
  • She never talks to you about her friends.
  • She puts herself down.
  • She feels disconnected from the world.
  • She makes excuses to prevent going out.
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Topics: Caregiving

Stop Denying Your Parent's Inevitable Changes

Posted by The Arbors on Feb 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Our parents are amazing. They are the template upon which we model ourselves. We always want to be as strong as dad or as skilled as mom.

When we see our parents every day, we don’t notice subtle changes. Mom burns dinner more often. Dad decides to shut down his shop in the garage and store his car there. Are you denying your parents’ inevitable changes?

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Topics: Future Planning, Caregiving

How Does Grief Affect Your Health?

Posted by The Arbors on Feb 14, 2017 2:25:00 PM

We all suffer from bereavement at one time or another.

Your pet dies. You lose a job. Your parent dies. Eventually, everyone we love dies.

You weep…

However, that’s not all that happens when you experience grief.

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Topics: Caregiving, Senior Health

Caregiving: 15 Ways to Avoid Role Reversal

Posted by The Arbors on Feb 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Watching a parent lose his or her independence can be traumatic for an adult child. As children, we saw our parents as the smartest, strongest people in our world.

Now, you not only take care of your parents’ finances, you might actually have to help them walk, eat and use the toilet, much as they helped you when you were young. The change is difficult for many to comprehend

"We've witnessed our parents' decision making our whole lives, important decisions about us and themselves. Then their decision making becomes impaired and we end up making those decisions for them. Even if we rarely doubt ourselves when making decisions for our own children, making decisions while caring for elderly parents remains inherently ambiguous,” explains geriatric internist Dr. Elizabeth Kiyasu.

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Topics: Caregiving

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