Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

Get Parents to Give Up the Car Keys – Part Two

Ideally, parents come to their senses and hand over the car keys when their driving skills become compromised. Part One of this series offered tips on negotiating impaired drivers off the road. Part Two encourages older drivers to monitor their driving abilities and suggests transportation

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Get Parents to Give Up the Car Keys – Part One

Failing to yield to cars or pedestrians who have the right-of-way Driving too slow Stopping for green lights and in the middle of an intersection Drifting into the wrong lane Experiencing near misses Weak neck muscles making head turning in both directions difficult Difficulty seeing and hearing Drowsiness while driving None of the

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Moving Parents Into Your Home: Are You Sure?

The holidays are here. You come face-to-face with your parents. You see it loud and clear and aware that eldercare problems require your immediate attention. Take a deep breath. You know for certain that your parents can no longer live on their own. The time is

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Aging Parents’ Estate Planning… Why Bother?

There are advantages as to why our parents should establish binding estate plans; yet statistics confirm that many people don’t bother to do so. One assumption is that estate planning is only a concern of the wealthy.  Also, married people assume that their affairs are

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I Am Not My Body, My Body Is My Own

There is a massive industry dedicated to selling the idea of anti-aging. Anti-aging is a notion which plays on the illusion that if we can stay cognitively sharp, physically fit and wrinkle free we can stop the aging process. It does not take a whole

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Drinking and Dementia Don’t Mix: How Families Can Help

People with dementia who are also experiencing alcoholism or alcohol abuse is a very challenging situation for family members to manage. Alcoholism speeds the decline in the skills needed for independent living, worsens behavioural problems, and raises concerns of safety for the affected family member

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The Right Real Estate Agent is a Godsend

Let’s say Mom and Dad have decided to move into a retirement community or move closer to you, and now they want you to handle the process of selling their home. Where do you start? Worse yet, what if you don’t live anywhere near your

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Aging Parents: Managing Their Money from Afar

A friend of mine assumed that his mother was on top of things when it came to paying her bills. He found out the hard way that not only was she not paying her bills; she had given her life savings to a scam artist. Many

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What to Do About Unintentional Weight Loss

Q&A by Dr. Leslie Kernisan Q: My 88-year-old father lives in his own home about 100 miles from us. He’s been living alone since my mother died five years ago. I thought he looked rather thin last time we saw him. I’m starting to feel worried

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