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What are the retirement housing options for my parents?

... What are the retirement housing options for my parents? loneliness, independence, community, mobility, companionship Life is not a matter of one giant leap from independent living at home to taking up residence in a care home. The choices can be confusing though. ...

Is it time to hang up the car keys?

... Is it time to hang up the car keys? driving, car, independence, insurance, Giving up driving is one of the most significant milestones in an older person's life. It's not surprising that so many are reluctant but as children worried for their safety ...

Gaining new freedom by moving in together

... Gaining new freedom by moving in together independence, companionship, carer, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous and names have been changed. It was a tough decision, but Sally's move to the UK from her native South Africa to live with her ...

How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering

... How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering carer, dementia, independence, mobility, communication Wandering can be a common problem as our parents get older and perhaps have mental health challenges to cope with. Dementia is often the cause of wandering in later life ...

Why my parents never came to live with me

... Why my parents never came to live with me independence, carer, dementia, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.We've asked many people about their experiences of living with their parents in later life. In our latest story, our storyteller explains why she ...

Mobility scooters: a guide for the beginner

... Mobility scooters: a guide for the beginner INDEPENDENCE, MOBILITY, TRAVEL, MOBILITY SCOOTER A mobility scooter is likely to be a one-time acquisition and one that we've never been involved with before, so it can be hard to know where to start. Here's a ...

5 reasons to retire overseas

... 5 reasons to retire overseas mobility, travel, pension, money, independence For many older people retirement is a chance to travel, see the world and seek out more agreeable living conditions. With around 180,000 pensioners currently living abroad the appeal seems high ...

Retiring to the country - 8 things to discuss before your parents decide

... Retiring to the country- 8 things to discuss before your parents decide mobility, loneliness, community, independence Moving to a rural area can be a cherished dream for retirement. But what are the pitfalls and how can they be avoided? We asked for advice ...

Finding good care for older relatives

... Finding good care for older relatives eldercare, carer, independence, story This week's storyteller is Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE ).At some point we may well need to find carers for our parents in their own homes, ...

Ups and downs of moving mum in

... Ups and downs of moving mum in independence, mobility, relationships, story, This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. One of our readers tells us how her mum moved from Zimbabwe to live in the family home in the UK at the age of ...