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Christmas gifts for our parents

... service and the Royal Horticultural Society gives advice. Keeping memories Bringing back memories of earlier years is proving to be very popular in dementia care. Memory keepers could be a great gift for anyone. Here are a few ideas that have passed our way. Family Tree ...

Ups and downs of moving mum in

... with their grandmother that many children enjoy, yet they accept her presence. As mum becomes older and less mobile I worry about her care. I know I would not be able to lift her should she fall. I guess there are adaptations we could make to ...

Mum didn't tell me about her major heart surgery

... old drive from Devon and if my parents needed me urgently I wouldn't be able to get there as quickly as we'd both like. Caring for my parents' emotional wellbeing over the phone is no easy feat but by regularly keeping in touch I hope I'll be a ...

How do I deal with a mean mother?

... Ageing Parent specialist with extensive qualifications and experience in life coaching. Lesley provides one-to-one help for people who are struggling to balance work and care, or cope with mid-life, family and career challenges. Sessions are available face-to-face (London) or on the phone. Email ...

How to manage your parent's financial affairs

... can choose an 'appointee' to receive those benefits on their behalf. The appointee can be a relative, friend, someone from the caring professions or the Local Authority, who will be required to produce proof of the recipient's incapacity (e.g. a doctor's note) ...

Why we should all have dementia training

... touch. Holding their hand or stroking their arm can be a way of letting them know your attention is focused on them and you care about what they're trying to communicate. Body language. Sometimes a person with dementia won't be able to clearly tell you how they're ...

Ready meals for the elderly - what's on the menu?

... be eligible to attend the nearest centre. Search your parent's local council website for day centres in their area or call the council's social care department directly as day centres aren't available in every county. Buying in Ready meals from supermarkets vary in quality and range. They're ...

How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease? Part 2

... for most though, at least until more treatment is available.A more positive futureWhile there have been complaints that dementia doesn't get the cash and care that is currently given to cancer research and patients, it does look like this could be changing. The UK government has highlighted ...

How to help your parent use the internet

... in no time. If you're still concerned your parent will have trouble getting to grips with the web Google have developed a Tech Support Care Package you can send them to help things along. Visit BroadbandGenie.co.uk to find helpful guides and the latest broadband and mobile broadband deals ...

How to find the right travel insurance for your parent

... covers you parents for emergency medical treatment it may not mean that they get this free. If the country's residents pay for their medical care, your parent will have to pay for theirs. Should an illness abroad mean that your parents have to cut their holiday short ...