Caring for Elderly Parents

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: Life After Caring for a Parent

Natalie Strouth | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Shannon asks: My mother recently passed away. It was a peaceful death in her home, the way she wanted, however after two years of caring for her full-time I am now struggling with how to move forward in my own life.

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."

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: What Is Palliative Care?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My grandmother has terminal cancer and her doctor has told us that there are no further medical treatments that can be done for her. He says she will be receiving "palliative care." What does this mean?

Ask Elizabeth: How to Manage Multiple Medications

Natalie Strouth | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My wife was recently discharged from the hospital and she is now on many medications. This is very new to me and I find all this medication confusing and overwhelming. What should I do?

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.