It’s the Perfect Time to Talk About the Future

man signing a living will

The holiday season is a good time to have a discussion with your loved ones about your durable powers of attorney for healthcare and living will. While most people would rather not dwell on the topic, addressing the matter when you are healthy is the best way to ensure that your wishes are followed if…

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When Your Parent Refuses to Move

In our last post, we talked about possible solutions to the problem of your mom or dad losing the ability to live alone. We discussed how in many cases, moving your parent to your own home or to a care facility is the best option for him or her. But what happens when your parent…

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When Your Parent Can’t Live Alone

Needing assistance is an inevitable side effect of aging. Most people will eventually become dependent on others for help with basic tasks. In many cases, they become dependent on their own family—usually their children. If you are that child, you may be overwhelmed with the problems and questions surrounding your parent’s care. Can Mom continue…

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How to Talk to Kids About Dementia

Talking about a loved one’s diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is never easy. To see Mom, Grandpa, or a beloved friend deteriorate is painful and scary. Talking about the disease makes it feel permanent and real, and we may want to avoid that if necessary. But if you have young children, they may be…

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Switching Roles: How to Parent your Parent

One of the strangest, and possibly most heart-breaking, aspects of aging is the role reversal that inevitably happens. As our parents age, they may lose the ability to drive, climb stairs, take care of personal hygiene, or even feed themselves. These changes can come on gradually due to declining health, or occur suddenly as the…

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