Caring for Aging Parents

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

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living

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 05.26.2015 | Canada Living

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.

7 Ways Taking Care of Someone Can Make You Happier

Natalie Strouth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Strouth

I can definitely attest to the many challenges and obstacles that family caregivers contend with on a daily basis. A study by the Change Foundation, 22 per cent of caregivers showed signs of distress, including anger, depression, being overwhelmed and unable to continue providing care. But through it all, you'll also have your eyes and heart opened in amazing ways.

Ask Elizabeth: Taking Care of a Difficult Parent or Relative

Natalie Strouth | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Vicky asks: I've been taking care of my mom who is 74, in poor health and lives on her own. We've never had a very close relationship, and she criticizes everything I do. It doesn't matter if it's house cleaning, taking her to appointments, or getting her groceries -- it's like I can never do anything to her satisfaction.

Ask Elizabeth: Can Your Aging Parents Still Live Alone?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Ryan asks: At Easter this year I looked around my parent's house and realized that they are not going to be able to live here forever. When do you start talking to your parents about the future and where they going to live as they age?

Ask Elizabeth: Why You Should Step Up Foot Care with Diabetes

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Over three million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020. Caregivers of people with diabetes, especially seniors, need to learn all they can about stepping up foot care -- from maintenance, to shoe selection.

Ask Elizabeth: Talking About Signs of Dementia With Your Aging Parent

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My dad is becoming increasingly forgetful and confused. He often calls me several times a day and forgets why he is calling. I tried talking to him about my concerns but he became quite agitated. I am really frustrated and don't know what to do?

Ask Elizabeth: Taking Care of a Loved One Starts With Taking Care of Yourself

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Being a caregiver can be very demanding. Remember that it is not only okay to ask for support, it's necessary. Caregiving is not often something one person can do on their own, and asking for help is a sign of strength. Guilt comes from unrealistic expectations of what we are capable of doing.

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.