Financial management help for seniors is a sensitive topic, but one that should be resolved at some point, preferably sooner rather than later. Many adult children are reluctant to muddle with parents’ financial matters until there’s an obvious need, but starting the conversation before the need provides ample opportunity to ensure all things are in order.Read More
It is always best to tell the truth, right? Even so there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging parents. Although we may have the finest of intentions in wanting to help senior parents navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements such as the following:
- Don’t you remember…?
Do you recall how hard it could be when you were a child to learn the concept of sharing with your sisters and brothers? Even though the incredible importance of considering other people’s feelings, as well as being fair, was impressed upon us from a young age, it can nevertheless be a challenge to minimize sibling squabbles about stressful choices we face in adulthood – such as the right way to fairly divide caregiving needs for our aging parents.Read More
Let’s be honest: providing care for an aging loved one can be exhausting, overwhelming, and isolating. As care needs progress, particularly when a chronic condition such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is at play, family caregivers may feel as though they’re in over their heads, and getting through the most basic aspects of the day – showering,Read More
Perhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family is like most, there’s at least some level of dysfunction, some leftover diehard sibling rivalry, and even some lingering competition to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite.Read More
Do you find yourself constantly wishing for just a few more hours in the day to help you accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished? In particular, if you are a member of the sandwich generation – those who provide care for both their children and their senior parents –Read More
Anti-bullying campaigns are everywhere these days. No longer can a rough and tough ten-year-old get away with teasing and tormenting his classmates; we’re now a zero tolerance society when it comes to bullying. But is it possible there’s a different, less visible form of bullying happening – that of overstepping boundaries with aging parents,Read More
Sweetie, honey, dear – terms of endearment such as these may be appreciated when uttered by our spouse or when directed to our very young children, but how do seniors react to them? North River’s home care experts believe that many are downright offended. And while health care professionals,Read More
Pick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about who pays for Massachusetts home care.Read More
Since moving out of state last year, you’ve made it a point to call Mom every Sunday afternoon, no exceptions. After catching up on the week’s news, she always reassures you that yes, she’s eating well, taking her meds, getting plenty of rest, and doing perfectly fine.