Many older adults who decide to remain in the family home may find their world getting smaller as the years go by. I frequently talk with older adults about the potential for the home they have thought of as their “palace” to turn into a place that becomes less and less accessible they age. A health challenge or mobility issues can make it harder to get out and enjoy the things they love to do. Difficulty driving may also make it harder to get out and socialize. And, of course, our Canadian winters can add to these challenges!
Eight million Canadians provide care to aging parents, spouses, other family members or friends. While caregiving can be rewarding, family caregivers are at increased risk for mental and physical health problems. By taking care of your own physical needs, staying connected with family and friends, using stress reduction techniques, getting help from others and taking advantage of respite care, you can positively benefit not only your own health, but that of your loved one.
Earlier this year, we sat down with a panel of five adult children who had recently helped to move their aging parent into a retirement community. We wanted their thoughts on everything from what prompted their conversation about senior living with their parent to how they felt on move-in day. Our hope is to provide valuable insight to others in the process of helping an aging loved one navigate the next phase of their life, and to remind you that you’re not alone.
The holidays are almost here, and you’re looking forward to visiting mom and dad for a few days, anticipating much loved family traditions and spending some quality time together.
However, an extended visit may also allow you to experience your parent’s everyday routine with fresh eyes, giving you a window into the challenges they may be facing, but perhaps haven’t felt comfortable talking about.
Retirement is an exciting new chapter in your parent’s life, full of opportunities to explore their passions, form new relationships and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The last thing you want to have happen, though, is for an unforeseen financial crisis to jeopardize their retirement.
Supporting an aging parent when you live far away can feel like a challenge. You want to be there for your parents, but not being in the same province or even country can make it seem like you are disconnected. However, there are many ways that you can still provide support to your parent if they desire your help, even if you live miles away.
The ability to drive represents independence and personal autonomy – you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. For this reason, talking to your senior parent about parking their car for good can be a difficult discussion. It’s important to approach this conversation with sensitivity, care and respect.
We’re excited to introduce you to a new video series called Ask Edna. A high-spirited 80-something with a personality that can only be described as party Betty White, part Dear Abby, Ask Edna isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics on aging and retirement living.
Making the transition to a retirement residence may seem like a big step to your loved one at first, but there are plenty of ways you can assist in making their suite feel more comfortable and welcoming. Consider these decorating tips that’ll help your loved one adjust to their new home with ease.
Did you know that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month? It is an initiative created by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation that generates attention for the disease in the hopes of bringing it to an end. If you are caring for someone living with Parkinson’s, you’re far from alone. The disease comes right after Alzheimer’s in being the most common neurodegenerative disorder, according to Statistics Canada.