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Fresh ideas on balancing work and eldercare

... in fulltime work. Lack of working flexibility failing women In 2011, almost 40% of women in employment worked part-time hours as care commitments conflict with work hours and age discrimination pushes older women into part-time work and even unemployment as they struggle to balance work and care ...

Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help?

... someone steps up to the plate and is happy to do so. But family members can be too busy with work or other family commitments. They may not have the medical, caring or organising skills needed. They may live too far away to be of much ...

Finding good care for older relatives

... , a disability or as they get older, should receive the highest standard of care possible. It is this belief, and the commitment to making this happen, that gets me out of bed in the morning. Finding good quality care for parents or older relatives ...

My strategy for coping with grief

... until six months after my dad's passing. I don't regret anything. I might have taken away hours from my children because of my commitment to my dad but I would do it all again. I now know that you don't get a second chance. I now ...

Where do retirement living apartments fit into our life plan?

... in the UK, retirement living apartments attract service charges. These should be set out clearly by the provider and there should be some commitment to not varying the charge massively from one year to the next. McCarthy& Stone manage that by keeping a healthy contingency fund ...

Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia

... !" Rachel and Brian Arnold on an Isle of Wight holiday organised by Dementia Adventure Dementia Adventure is a social enterprise and registered charity committed to helping people living with dementia get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure ...

Top tips for keeping the scammers out

... by the trader and is happy with the results. Get at least three quotes for the work so prices can be compared. Don't commit to any work without discussing it with someone else. Ignore any special offers if they are offering a "discount just for today ...

Are sex and love taboo topics for you and your parents?

... became the first woman to place a lonely hearts advert in a Manchester journal. The action was regarded as so scandalous that the mayor committed her to a lunatic asylum for four weeks. Nowadays, there are loads of internet sites that cater for silver surfers and it ...

What to do if you suspect abuse in your parent's care home

... you suspect abuse of any kind is of the utmost important. If you're concerned for their safety or that a criminal offence has been committed you should call 999 to report it to the police before seeking further action against their care home via social services. Certain forms ...

10 questions to ask your parents before it's too late

... family photos that need to be preserved? Clear instructions will make it easier for executors to carry out wishes and ensure they aren't accidentally committing fraud. 10. Tell me more about your life Not a pragmatic question at all, but many of us regret not knowing ...