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How can I let my wife know that I am struggling caring for my elderly parents?

How can I let my wife know that I am struggling caring for my elderly parents?

Honesty: Be honest and tell her how you feel. It is not always easy to care for older parents , especially if you have your own immediate family responsibility (i.E wife and kids), but if you tell your wife that you feels responsible to care for them because they cared for you when you were a child, but you are struggling , she probably will help you do what is right , she may even share the burden. ...Read more

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What changes can I expect when my elderly parent moves in?

What changes can I expect when my elderly parent moves in?

UH BOY...: Well, there is the good of having him/her close, but there's a lot of factors caring for elderly parents that may drive you to drinking heavily... However remember this, you wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. And there is good and bad about that too, i'm sure. God only knows the sacrifices they made to try and give you a safe upbringing and a good future...Just love him/her, and listen. ...Read more

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Boss. Elderly parent. Teen. Me. Who do I take care of first?

Boss. Elderly parent. Teen. Me. Who do I take care of first?

Priorities: If you take care of yourself, then you will be in shape physically and mentally to take care of you teenager. Care of the elderly parent depends upon their health and financial status. You of course want your boss to be pleased with you but that is basically at work, fulfilling the needs at work and performing well. ...Read more

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Coping with illnesses in my elderly parent. I need help please?

Coping with illnesses in my elderly parent. I need help please?

Self care: In times of stress try to engage in good self care- it is not always easy but helps with issues like caregiver burnout. Tips include good rest and sleep, healthy eating, finding some time for preferred and pleasurable activities, and taking short breaks if possible. If feeling very overwhelmed it may be with talking to a professional such as your doctor or a therapist. ...Read more

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How much should we urge activity director to involve elderly parent in events at the home?

How much should we urge activity director to involve elderly parent in events at the home?

It Depends: I can see how one could have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, we all want our parents taken cared of and payed attention to. On the other hand, we don't want to wind up in an adversarial relationship with those who we want/need on our side. Also, it matters what else could be done and the time needed. There are different degrees of urging and sometimes unsolicited advice doesn't work. ...Read more

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I just don't know what to do about placing my elderly parent. Is there a credible website to help?

I just don't know what to do about placing my elderly parent. Is there a credible website to help?

Hospice?: Not knowing the health of your elderly parent makes this hard to answer but hospice is often a useful resource even if your parent is not likely to die within a year(hospice's usual domain of care). ...Read more

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Why must someone go to medical appointments with elderly parents?

This is important : It is important to go to appointments with elderly parents. Many times elderly parents do not communicate well with doctors. They may not tell the doctor everything that is going on. They are of the generation that does not ask questions. Many of their problems are complicated and elderly parents don't understand, or don't tell their families what is going on. If you can't go then call doctor. ...Read more

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