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Shall I invite Dad to live with us?

... Ageing Parent specialist with extensive qualifications and experience in life coaching. Lesley provides one-to-one help for people who are struggling to balance work and care, or cope with mid-life, family and career challenges. Sessions are available face-to-face (London) or on the phone. Email ...

How to manage your parent's financial affairs

... can choose an 'appointee' to receive those benefits on their behalf. The appointee can be a relative, friend, someone from the caring professions or the Local Authority, who will be required to produce proof of the recipient's incapacity (e.g. a doctor's note) ...

Forewarned is forearmed where scammers exist

... second deal, but Karen's father remains embarrassed about how easily he was taken in. How can we help our parents to be more careful without sounding like we don't trust them to make sound decisions? If we talk to them about stranger danger as if they're small ...

Respecting my parents' wishes

... with dad to let my feelings of relaxation relay up the telephone line to him. Mum's operation went really well and when she came home to begin her recovery she got back into her usual routine- returning to the gym and other activities that kept her fit and ...

How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease? Part 2

... for most though, at least until more treatment is available.A more positive futureWhile there have been complaints that dementia doesn't get the cash and care that is currently given to cancer research and patients, it does look like this could be changing. The UK government has highlighted ...

How do I deal with a mean mother?

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Tips on choosing a holiday with parents

... A separate room (if booking a hotel) and a separate bathroom/toilet facility for your parents (if booking a shared holiday home) is well worthwhile to ensure your parents have some privacy. Accommodation with a selection of living spaces means you don't need to ...

Slowing down

... in a hospital waiting room. Waiting for our parent to see a specialist. Or get a scan. Or even waiting to go home. Life in hospitals does seem to move slowly for patients, even if the staff feel rushed off their feet. And people ...

How dad's humour eased his death

... his fear of a terrible death and choosing euthanasia. A doctor from St Christopher's Hospice in London was interviewed and said that good palliative care meant there was no need to fear death. Dad's only fear was of being fed through a stomach tube. We talked about ...

How to find the right travel insurance for your parent

... covers you parents for emergency medical treatment it may not mean that they get this free. If the country's residents pay for their medical care, your parent will have to pay for theirs. Should an illness abroad mean that your parents have to cut their holiday short ...