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Dear LR: You are a sensitive human and a generous-hearted caregiver, so I don’t see you making fun of your dad. You’re just recognizing the humor can coexist with painful situations... Read more →


Handling Siblings in Denial About a Parent's Declining Health

One form of denial takes advantage of distance. In most families, there is typically an adult child who lives nearest to Mom and/or Dad, and then there are siblings who live further out of town or in another state. The role of primary caregiver... Read more →


Sex and death: It’s odd that these two topics of conversation should bring so much anxiety to parents and children. One addresses the beginning of life, while the other addresses the end. Both are a natural part of the circle of life, but many find that sex is often the easier subject to discuss. Read more →


Dear HS: Ouch! Of course, that hurt you and was terribly unfair. In defense of the medical people and social worker who criticized you, they were doing their jobs in for watching neglect and/or abuse of older adults. However, it seems to me... Read more →


...bigger problem, as you’re experiencing. Since I hear from a lot of caregivers and follow many groups as well, I have gleaned some tips that might help you, so let’s start with those: Read more →


The NIH is not saying that you should stop taking these medications if you are on one, but their information does suggest that you may want to discuss this risk with your doctor. Perhaps there is a better choice for you. Read more →


Multigenerational living can have serious implications, and there are a number of factors that are often overlooked that must be taken into consideration first. Read more →


For some lucky families, having all adult siblings gather around and plan how to take care of Mom and Dad as their parents’ health begins to fail is a great comfort. For other families, things can take a disastrous turn... Read more →


The responsibility of providing care for an aging or ill loved one is a monumental challenge in its own right. But when a care recipient is domineering about how and when every single task is done, it’s bound to exasperate those who are in charge of their daily care. Read more →


This is admirable thinking. However, as years go by and care needs mount, we find ourselves faced with the fact that we can’t raise our families, work our jobs and provide full-time hands-on care year-round. So, with some guilt, we start looking at other options. For some... Read more →