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When helpers become the enemy

... was the beginning of a mental condition that was to blight him for the next 25 years. As the years went on my parents continued to deteriorate, and inevitably it got to the stage where they needed outside help. The trouble was that their requirements were radically ...

How to manage your parent's financial affairs

... they'll permit you to make any substantial changes to the account, policy, etc. and even more unlikely that they'll allow you to continue to deal with them on over the phone. This is understandable as, notwithstanding the number of security questions asked, the organisation ...

Safe walking in winter for older people

... pose a challenge to those who are more fragile and less stable. On the other hand it's good for anyone of any age to continue to get out and about for at least 20 minutes each day. Not only is it healthy but research has found that a ...

Introducing Joseph Pip – a superior meals delivery service

... ready-meals service that people can actually enjoy every day. It's called Joseph Pip. There's a massive drive right now towards enabling people to continue living independently at home even as they start to find some activities harder or develop difficult challenges such as dementia. But there's more ...

Reaching the other side of dementia care

... to private, sheltered accommodation was arranged. This required a lot of effort and energy from my older brother and me. The illness continued to take hold and three daily visits by carers were arranged and also a private daily carer who did laundry and some cleaning. ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... Help retiring parents to prepare for change. Suggest they consider new activities in retirement that provide social interaction, a sense of purpose, continuing participation, and even an income. If an income isn't a necessity, then volunteering in the community is a meaningful way to ...

Shall I invite Dad to live with us?

... telling you you're being a bad daughter? It's probably a good idea to think whether these messages are still valid- otherwise you will continue to feel increasingly bad about the situation or else cave in in a weak moment, move your father in and potentially end up ...

Why eating well is important in dementia

... living While the advice from the review is focused on care homes there are ideas we can pull out to discuss with our parents' healthcare team wherever they are living. As our parents age, we can keep an eye on their weight and talk to healthcare professionals ...

Could animal assisted therapy improve your parent's health?

... increasing health and wellbeing. It's an approach that many families already know and understand. A parent who has always kept a pet will continue to enjoy their company if the right help can be provided for dog walking or visits to the vet, for example. The ...

How to successfully request flexible working hours

... or should I go? If you feel your eldercare commitments are encroaching on work hours you may need to make the difficult decision between continuing on in your career or leaving work to provide care for your parent. Should you find you're spending over 35 hours caring and ...