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Helping parents to avoid depression

... than willing to take on some tasks. Help your parents keep in touch. It's easy for older people to fall back on annual Christmas cards as age makes travel and mobility harder. Help out by offering to set up email, Skype, Facebook or other social ...

In, out, shake it all about

... leave the house. He didn't want to get out of his pyjamas. He stayed like that for months. We had to take Christmas to him, but at least he put some clothes on for that. The district nurses turned up regularly to change the bag ...

Remembering the real mum

... . My memory was sparked by Boxing Day lunch. For complicated reasons, my dad felt he couldn't join us at our house for Christmas. Could we instead bring him a helping of lunch the next day and stay long enough to watch him eat it? This ...

What to expect from your chosen care home

... and clothes. The most common complaint is finding another resident wearing that wonderful outfit from M&S that you bought your parent for Christmas! Make sure you protect your parent and yourself from a scenario such as this. Permanent marking of clothes with your parent's name ...

Is it time to hang up the car keys?

... in the dark. Many parents will want to avoid driving after sunset, which can make winter get-togethers particularly difficult. If you want Christmas at your place, can you arrange drivers for your parents to get them home again, or can they stay overnight and travel ...

Heating guide for your parents and grandparents: how to stay warm and save money this winter

... more than usual at the beginning of winter, but this tactic is sometimes avoided as people cannot afford a lump-sum payment so close to Christmas. Some companies, including Rix Petroleum, offer easy-payment plans, which let customers spread their oil payments across the year. If ...

Why regular walks are good for you and your parent

... thing to do and can help relieve loneliness. Weight loss If you or your parent are looking to shed your 'turkey weight' after Christmas a nice, brisk walk can be a good way to kick start your metabolism and burn those unwanted calories. Walking for charity ...

Tips on dementia and the family fall-out

... from a practical point of view, taking on financial, gardening and other tasks. It was reassuring that his daughter asked him one Christmas whether I minded having mum. Neither brother had considered this previously and nor had I. It was a responsibility and I had ...

Mother's Day gifts for grandma 2015

... which may not mix with alcohol. Have a good Mother's Day. If you'd like more ideas why not take a look at our Christmas 2014 gift guide with plenty of ideas for both mum and dad? Other articles you might enjoy:Gardening tips for older peopleThe health benefits ...

How to make downsizing a good experience

... you do not need to wait until your parent's willing to move home to start the downsizing process. Try this simple idea. For Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day and birthdays give them a large empty box, with a note that says "Fill Me" ...