As often happens, there are underlying causes for what appears to be denial. And, we won’t make any progress toward helping our aging parents unless we understand those reasons. For example: Embarrassment — They’re uncomfortably self-conscious because they can’t do things they used to do with ease. They may be embarrassed because they need help using the toilet or taking a shower — activities that are very personal and private. Perhaps they’re embarrassed because they’re in trouble financially — they can’t afford the food or medications they need — they can’t afford to buy new clothes or have their house repaired. … Continue Reading →
Why can it be so difficult to talk to our elderly parents? And, what can we do about it, especially when personal — sometimes taboo — topics need to be discussed — their health, their driving capabilities, their money, moving into a smaller home or assisted living facility — things we will probably all face at some point in our lives. … Continue Reading →
1. Exactly what day and time is your parent going to forget who they are?
2. Exactly what day and time will your parent be seriously injured in a car accident, be unconscious and unable to answer any of the emergency room doctor’s questions?
The more medical information you can give to the EMTs and emergency room doctors, the faster they can provide the right kind of care for your parent. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need. … Continue Reading →