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How I coped with my mum's dementia

... a mother to my own mother has been, and is, a strange and disconcerting role reversal. I've experienced sadness, impotence, guilt, more guilt, resentment, confusion and fear. Since hearing other people's stories about the challenges they've face with their parents I've ...

Talking about your eldercare challenges

... like I'm short-changing my Dad and not performing well at work either. I'm permanently stressed and can't see a way out... Guilt Looking after my mother is becoming too much for me and I know it's time for her to go into a home. But ...

Dementia care – How to find the help you need

... is vital for you and for your parent. It's hard to let someone else care for your parent whilst you rest- anxiety and guilt can creep in when you feel like you're unable to look after their every need. Nobody's perfect! 'Carer's syndrome' can impact ...

When families can't agree on care

... about their reactions to your mother's dementia. There is probably common ground around feelings of sadness, worries about the future and/or guilt about her going into a care home. It could help to acknowledge how hard everyone is trying and to recognise where progress has ...

How do I cope with constant repetitive questions?

... but the truth". Try to avoid answers involving logic or reasoning they may not be able to understand this. Avoiding stress and guilt One of the hardest things about repetitive questioning is how bad it can make the listener feel. As your neighbour says, she ...

A focus on vitamin D – how the "sunshine" vitamin can improve health

... autumn and continues throughout the winter months. Symptoms can include feeling sad or anxious, fatigue, concentration problems, irritability and feelings of guilt and hopelessness. Although its exact cause is unclear, numerous studies have suggested that the condition may be triggered by a lack of ...

How can I get mum to take my worries about her seriously?

... , the GP, and gearing up for making some changes. Talking to manage anxiety Finally, the worry... Anxiety and guilt are the words I hear most often when people talk about their ageing parents. You will be in a better position to help ...