Aging Parents

Don't Let These Conversation Topics Stay On Your Wish List

AlzLIVE | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

When it comes to financial matters, communications are necessary in order to avoid or at least minimize family conflict and long term feelings of resentment. It is not unusual for families to struggle with questions on finances and to be concerned about impact on the estate.

A Survivor's Guide To The Sandwich Generation

Andrea Love | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Love

According to Statistics Canada, the "sandwich generation" now includes more than two million Canadians -- or 28 per cent of all caregivers in Canada -- with the majority being women between 35 and 44 years old. This number is only expected to rise as Canada's population ages and the older generation is no longer capable of caring for themselves. That leaves us with a generation stuck with caring for their late-leaving adult children and their ailing parents at the same time. How do they cope?

Why Your Next Job Is Likely To Be An Unpaid Caregiver

Wynne Ma | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Living
Wynne Ma

As our aging population increases, and most care homes are privately owned and outside of the budget of the average hardworking Canadian, the only other rational option is to move your Mom or Dad into your family home.

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

One of the earliest memories from my childhood is when you'd come home, I'd help you take your shoes and socks off. Memory is a funny thing though; it's not always accurate, but more importantly, and particularly in your case, it's oftentimes fleeting, and unreliable. You may not remember this, or at times fail to even understand, you have an illness called dementia.

When You Break the Promise to Never Put a Loved One in a Nursing Home

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice, the guilt and heartbreak we feel can be overwhelming. But there are some ways we can cope.

Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Mom has Alzheimer's disease, your siblings refuse to talk to one another, and your kids are too busy to lend a helping hand. Somehow, all the caregiving duties have been left to you. What to do? Call an elder mediator. The practice is much like other forms of mediation.

The Parental Check Up

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Just in front of every baby boomer, there is a parent. Or parents. Like me, on the brink of old age, with all that aging brings. Let us suppose that ...

We Don't Want to Make the Same Mistakes Our Mothers Did

Katie Boland | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I think people my age, more than generations previously, have friendships with their parents. You talk about things you maybe shouldn't. For women our age, there is less of a physical and intellectual generation gap between mothers and daughters.

Ask Elizabeth: Caregiving as an Only Child

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My mom's health has been deteriorating greatly over the past year. As an only child, I am her primary caregiver and this last hospital stay has really taken a toll on me. She gets very limited formal help and the rest of her care is left to me. I am so tired and can't concentrate on anything any more.

Ask Elizabeth: How Do I Care for my Dad with Parkinson's?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

"How do I care for my dad as his physical health deteriorates? His Parkinson's is advancing and he needs more and more help. I feel unprepared and anxious, but I want to be able to care for him as long as possible."

Give Your Aging Parents a Priceless Gift this Christmas

Shirley Roberts | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living
Shirley Roberts

If your parents are seniors you can give them a priceless gift this Christmas. On your next visit you can put the wheels in motion to help them live as independently as they can in their home, and prevent accidents that commonly happen to seniors and cause unnecessary pain and suffering.

How Well Do You Know Your Own Mother

Joan Sutton | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Just in front of every baby boomer, there is a parent. Or parents. Like me, on the brink of old age. Let us suppose that I am your mother. Chances are, when you ask me, "How are you Mom?" I will answer "Fine." Am I? Or am I in denial, protecting you from the truth, afraid to admit to my physical and mental lapses?

The Secret To 'Successful Aging'

CBC | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Living

Nearly a quarter of seniors said they'd like to participate in more social activities, according to a new report by Statistics Canada. The agency rele...

Planning For Our Parents Getting Older

Stephen Rosenfield | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living
Stephen Rosenfield

If you're in your 40s or 50s you may be starting to deal with the reality that your parents, as you've always seen them, are changing. Beginning to take on the role of care giver for your parents is another struggle, but how best to ensure mom and dad's well-being, finances, and expressed wishes are looked after is something you can plan for. This begins, ideally, by making decisions before the fact and there are four basic components you want to determine.

Biden, China and Our Shared Only-Child Dilemma

Tim Querengesser | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
Tim Querengesser

China's 4:2:1 problem is ours, too, just with a different name: A glut of people are growing old and there are fewer of us to pay for their care, while also having to save for our own retirement. At the personal level, there are more of us without siblings shouldering the costs of care for aging parents.