Category Archives: Elder Care Decisions

Car Talk: How to Have a Caring Conversation About Safe Driving with Your Aging Parent

For teens it’s a given: drive safely or lose the car keys. But if your parents’ driving skills are slipping due to age or infirmity, the conversation can get pretty dicey. Driving is a mark of personal independence, a way … Continue reading

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Should Mom Move In With You? The Answer Isn’t Obvious

For some families, it’s a no-brainer. Mom or Dad can’t live alone anymore. Time to give back for all those years of care and support, and make room for your aging parent in your home. To do otherwise would be … Continue reading

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What to Do When Fighting Over Mom’s Care Threatens to Destroy Your Family

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So goes the oft-quoted opening sentence of Tolstoy’s classic Russian tragedy, Anna Karenina. Perhaps an oversimplification, but his words capture a basic truth that harmonious families … Continue reading

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How to Help Your Aging Parent Travel Safely to That Special Family Event

It’s that time of year when weekend calendars are jammed with graduations, weddings, award celebrations and other special family get-togethers. You want to include your aging parent in the festivities. But what happens when Mom or Dad lives farther away … Continue reading

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Speaking Up for Health Care Decisions

Whatever your faith, chances are you’re familiar with these famous words from the Book of Ecclesiastes: “There’s a time to be born; there’s a time to die. . . . There is a time to be silent. And there’s a … Continue reading

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