Care for Mom and Dad Articles

Care for Mom and Dad Articles

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How to Help Your Parent with Parkinson’s

Aging can be stressful and difficult to deal with, but it can become downright scary to watch a parent age and suffer from a debilitating disease or condition. Although younger people can develop Parkinson’s disease, it's far more prevalent in the aging population. But there are things you can do to ease mom or dad’s symptoms, find a comfortable assisted living home or in-home care, and make them feel as well as possible.

Recognizing the Signs of Depression

When your parents become the ones who need help, it can be difficult to deal with. Added to any ongoing health concerns, it can quickly become a stressful situation. The best ways to help your aging parents is to be observant and take action when necessary. A common but often-overlooked health issue in aging adults is depression. Approximately 20 million Americans will suffer from clinical depression in a given year, many of whom are among the elderly.

Paying for Your Parents’ Care

As your parents' age, it's inevitable that they'll begin to suffer from serious health problems and conditions. Due to the costliness of our health care system, this can create a significant financial burden on your parents and your family as a whole. Thankfully, there are government programs available at the state, local, and federal levels that can help cover many, if not all, of the costs associated with elderly health care. In addition, there are private insurance plans that can help pay for some elderly care services. Take the steps necessary to educate yourself and your parents about what's out there to help ease the pain.

Protecting Your Parents from Scams and Fraud

Every year, fraudsters and scam artists con seniors out of tens of millions of their hard-earned savings, while identity thieves steal from tens of millions more. If your parents are elderly, they too could become targets for these criminals who like to prey on the weak and vulnerable. It's important to educate yourself and your parents so that you can avoid such schemes.

How to Prevent Falls and other Safety Concerns

Amidst the ageing process, people can become more vulnerable to injury and less able to take care of themselves in emergency situations. Safety is a significant concern for elderly people and the ones who care about them. It's incumbent upon seniors, and those who make up their support systems, to eliminate any potential hazards that could increase the likelihood of serious injury or even death. Despite such precautions, however, dangerous situations may still arise that are beyond one's control.

Elderly Abuse: How to Fight It?

Each year, thousands upon thousands of elderly men and women fall victim to elderly abuse. Abuse may occur in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or even the elder’s own home. The abuse may be physical, emotional, mental or sexual. By learning the warning signs and symptoms, and how to protect yourself or your loved ones, you'll become better prepared in dealing with this type of abuse should it arise.

Transition Tips For Entering Assisted Living

If you're among the millions of people helping their aging parents to make the move from their home to assisted living, you should be aware of the fact that they need a lot of extra “TLC” during this time. While you may be overjoyed at the idea of them getting the kind of “red carpet” treatment you always thought that they deserved, they're more than likely entering a period of mourning over the loss of their home, independence and even their privacy.

Top 5 Questions Before Moving your Parents to Assisted Living

The process of choosing the right assisted living facility for your parents can be challenging and sometimes even overwhelming. Fortunately, today there are many different facilities from which to choose. But even the number of options available can make the decision process even more difficult. Once you've narrowed down your option to a few different programs and facilities, it's time to shift your focus to thinking about the right questions to ask, so that you can make a well-informed decision. The questions below will help you to do that.

How to Convince Mom and Dad to Move to an Assisted Living Center

Convincing your parents to move from the comforts of home to an assisted living situation can be a difficult task. The best way to begin the conversation is to approach it sooner rather than later. Ideally, you should begin speaking with your parents about the prospect while they're still in good health. This will help them to become accustomed to the idea so that it'll be easier when the time actually arrives. If you havn't yet discussed it or made plans to transition your parents to an assisted living center, there are some tips that can help.

How to Spy on Assisted Living Centers

If you're exploring options in assisted living facilities for a parent or loved one, you may feel a bit more confident in your discoveries if they can be made under the radar, when the administration and staff are totally unaware of observation. In other words, you may want to “spy” on each of the facilities before making a decision. The question then is “how do you spy on assisted living centers”?

Sharp Seniors - Editorial Staff

This guide was originally published on Sharp Seniors. Grandfolk acquired in 2017 and restored it's content for readers.