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Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer

... finding the cause of her drastic weight loss and near-crippling depression. On an unusually cold and rainy day in September 2008 we attended a memorial service for one of her sisters-in-law. I sat opposite her at lunch and it was clear to me that she was very ill ...

Ageing parents - who cares?

... parents who looked after them when they were small. But all too often it's demanding and stressful- especially when the older person has memory and mobility problems. Carers suffer from high rates of anxiety, depression and heart disease. They may be at the peak of ...

How to help your parent use the internet

... - seeing them on screen providing an added sense of sociability. Facebook photo albums are also an ideal way to share family moments and memories with your parents. Email on the go If your parent wants to access their emails while they're away from home it's important to ...

Visiting grandparents in their new care home

... with a stressful condition that has affected them physically, mentally or emotionally and this may be new to the children. Dementia takes away memories and can change behaviour. Many illnesses limit mobility and require constant nursing care. Why your parent is in their new home and ...

How speech therapy can improve communication

... language they use to convey a message is impaired their ability to understand a written or spoken message is affected their cognition (attention/memory) is impaired the voice itself has deteriorated What causes communication problems? With age, the voice can deteriorate (presbyphonia) and ...

Maintaining a relationship when your parent has dementia – a real-life story

... Diane's tips for coping when a parent has dementia People with dementia can still be happy, but in a different way. Loss of memory can be a blessing in disguise for example they may not realise they aren't well or in residential care (their Dad thought he ...

How to apply for Attendance Allowance - what you need to know - Part 1

... is what's required or not? Week 4 Finalising details We will be spending next week filling in the details that we couldn't do from memory. We'll also need to get my mother-in-law and my husband to sign the document, because we still don't have Power of Attorney ...

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

... parent prefers to keep a record of their life's escapades there are journals on the market where they can answer questions and write down their memories for something more permanent than a conversation. If you found this article helpful, why not join the family? Kathy Lawrence ...

Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia

... gives us access to some of what we have enjoyed together over the years. A steaming hot chocolate in a sunny spot is a memory I'll treasure no matter how we travelled there. Autumn can be sad when I think of it as the end of Summer, ...

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

... ? The main problems cited by the older men I've spoken to can be summed up like this: "Is it disrespectful to the memory of my deceased wife to be looking for love again?" and "I have no idea how to be friends with a ...