Balancing Working From Home and Elder Care

Throughout this pandemic, many of us have been working from home. It's so common these days to hear of the challenges that working parents have with their kids continuing school remotely. However, it's far less common to be aware of the difficulties that working caregivers experience. With the fear of exposing aging parents to the virus, many have stopped allowing professional help into the home. This increases the stress and [...]

By |2020-07-23T12:15:51-07:00July 27th, 2020|Caregiving, Elder Care, Family, Pandemic|0 Comments

Helping Retired Parents While Having Boundaries

Denise Clark and her siblings were nearing retirement age themselves when their mother requested they subsidize her living expenses. Not to mention the non-essentials she was asking for. A new car loan and generous birthday gifts for extended family members were just a few. Clark recalls when her mother realized she was going to run out of money, she requested several hundred dollars per month from each child to maintain [...]

Involving Seniors in Holiday Traditions

The holidays are a time of joy. Many people enjoy gatherings with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and other fun holiday traditions. However, the holidays can also be a time of stress, especially for seniors. Their exercise routines may be disrupted for shopping excursions. And special diets might be hard to follow due to big holiday meals. Furthermore, it can be exhausting for anyone. But when a senior has physical [...]

By |2019-12-17T12:57:57-07:00December 19th, 2019|Aging Issues, Family, seniors, Socializing|0 Comments

Hitting the Road at 89: Visiting Every National Park

In 2015 at the age of 85, Joy Ryan had never traveled far from her quiet hometown of Duncan Falls, Ohio. She had never seen an ocean, desert, mountain, or major river. She had been widowed for 20 years and had never found any good way to see the world. However, this all changed drastically when she found an unusual adventure partner. Her grandson, Brad. The pair embarked on a [...]

By |2019-12-17T12:43:57-07:00December 17th, 2019|Family, Inspiration, seniors|0 Comments

Caring for Aging Parents While Making a Living

Liz O'Donnell was 47 when she became one of America's 34 million adults providing unpaid care for their aging relatives. She knew her generous employer would allow her the flexibility to take time away from work for this important task. Yet at the same time, she was the primary source of income for her family. Therefore, she knew she had to find a balance and make it work. Caring for [...]

By |2019-11-09T14:38:43-07:00November 21st, 2019|Aging, Caregiving, Family, Financial Matters|0 Comments

The Health Benefits of Being a Grandparent

Grandparents can provide a sense of stability, wisdom, and fun to their grandchildren's lives. And in return, being a grandparent provides so many benefits as well. Helping to care for grandchildren can help to stave off depression, boost social connections, and increase mental sharpness. The health benefits of being a grandparent don't just happen when the grandparent is the sole caregiver to the child. Simply spending time and being involved [...]

By |2019-11-09T09:11:54-07:00November 11th, 2019|Family, Giving back, Health|0 Comments

Coping with the Loss of Friends and Family

The paradox of life is that the longer we live, the more death will become a part of our lives. As we age, we will likely lose and grieve the loss of people we love. Coping with the loss of friends and family can be one of the most challenging parts of our increased longevity. Whether the loss is due to an accident, illness, or simply old age, it can [...]

By |2019-10-09T10:16:00-07:00October 17th, 2019|Aging, Death, Family, Grieving|0 Comments

“When I Die” Files Can Ease the Burden of Death

When Ruth Byock died at age 81, her children didn't expect to find much of importance in her home. Yet what they found took them by surprise. Next to her recipe box, there was a tiny card file. And in it, she had compiled all her important paperwork, account numbers, pending transactions, and other information they would need to settle her affairs and belongings. Losing a loved one is never [...]

By |2019-09-17T09:32:28-07:00September 17th, 2019|Death, Family, Planning|0 Comments

Accepting Help as a Family Caregiver

Accepting help as a family caregiver can be hard. You may not know where to turn or what to ask of others. Nearly 40 million Americans are a caregiver for an elderly family member. The complex tasks such as managing medications, and helping with a variety of daily living tasks can be daunting. Often, family members have very little or no training in their caregiving tasks. Therefore, knowing when and [...]

By |2019-08-27T00:07:32-07:00September 9th, 2019|Caregiving, Family, Health|0 Comments

Caring for Aging Parents with Your Siblings

According to a 2015 AARP report, 32.4 million Americans are unpaid caregivers. And nearly half of those were caring for an aging parent. Helping out aging parents can affect families in different ways. It can become stressful and emotional. Sibling relationships can be complicated. Then when caring for aging parents becomes part of the dynamic, tensions can run high. It can tear families apart as we have unfortunately witnessed. But [...]

By |2019-08-20T13:38:09-07:00August 29th, 2019|Aging Issues, Caregiving, Family|0 Comments
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