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How can I handle switching roles and now being a care giver for my parents?

How can I handle switching roles and now being a care giver for my parents?

Ask for help: It is difficult to give both love and care. Children are the best to give love. Some parts of care can be delegated to others. Personal care assistants are trained to give care. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of ...Read more


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How can I adapt to the changing demands of caregiving for my parent?

How can I adapt to the changing demands of caregiving for my parent?

Lots of self care: It is critical to continue to take care of yourself when you are the caretaker for others. Make sure you have good sleep habits, good eating and exercise routines, and continue to be involved with others socially. Caretakers are at greater risk of developing health problems as a result of increased stress. Monitor your stress levels and seek the support of others to maintain your mental health. ...Read more

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How can I balance working online at home and caregiving for my parent?

How can I balance working online at home and caregiving for my parent?

Inside/outside help: Working from home online still requires attention to detail and is difficult with a lonely, care needing parent. So, get help inside, a neighbor, home health care nurse, or friend to come to your home to help. Then go outside with your computer to a "hot spot"(wifi), or internet cafe during that 1 to 2 hour work soujourn. It will be good for both you and your parent. ...Read more

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How would anyone set limits with caregiving for a parent?

How would  anyone set limits with caregiving for a parent?

Know Your Limts: Anyone providing support and care for a parent needs to be aware of his/her own limitations. These may include other responsibilities, time, energy, expertise, and one's own health. Remember, you can only provide good care and support if you are maintaining your own health. ...Read more

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How can I handle having gamblers as parents?

How can I handle having gamblers as parents?

Get some help: If under 18 years old you may need to talk to a trusted adult, teacher, school counselor. Clearly if their problem is bad i would suspect some of your needs are not being meet and you may be neglected. Bottom line is that you do not have to handle it on your own, if you have your own doctor you could talk to them. You must know you did not cause the problem and can't fix it on your own. ...Read more

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My parents won't get me a x-ray,what now?

My parents won't get me a x-ray,what now?

Wrong Forum: I am sorry to once again rain on your parade, but you are not asking the right people this question. We are not your physician, do not know why you need an X-ray or even if your physician has recommended an X-ray. But, as a sixteen year old you have a right to health care and confidentiality. Go to your doctor and work this out. ...Read more

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How can I handle my parents calling me fat?

Sad: I am sure. They love u and want to be proud of u. But i don't think this is a correct way of communication. Tell them in a nice way how this make u.Feel. ! ...Read more

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I'm now 16,5'6 and my parents is 5'7 and 5'0 ,can i grow taller?

I'm now 16,5'6 and my parents is 5'7 and 5'0 ,can i grow taller?

Not much: Judging by your mid parent height, your adult height will range between five ft 7 and five ft 3. You are up at the top of the range we would predict by your genetics! You may get another inch possibly in the next year. Best of Luck and Thanks for using Healthtap! ...Read more

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My parents have been smoking for 35 years and now quitting. Any advantage?

My parents have been smoking for 35 years and now quitting. Any advantage?

Good at any age: Recovery from addiction and compulsive behavior yields benefits at any age. While some of the physical consequences may not be reversible, the emotional, psychological and spiritual benefits are still available. ...Read more

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