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Heating guide for your parents and grandparents: how to stay warm and save money this winter

... Heating guide for your parents and grandparents: how to stay warm and save money this winter HOME HEATING, INSULATION, INDEPENDENCE, ELDERCARE Heating a home in winter can be expensive. Rix Petroleum offers tips for keeping rooms comfortable and draughts at bay without spending a ...

Tips for caring from a distance

... Tips for caring from a distance guilt, mental health, eldercare, carer Helping parents who don't live just round the corner is more complicated, but there are many things that we can do to ease their situation. Sally offers some tips gleaned from her experience ...

How to cope when you're a whistleblower

... , balance, NHS, Dear Lesley,How do people cope if they've been the family whistle-blower, trying to report abuse of elderly parents by close relatives?9 years ago I warned both the NHS and the local social services department that my parents were at risk ...

Visiting grandparents in their new care home

... Visiting grandparents in their new care home grandparents, care homes, Barchester Homes If your parent has moved into a care home, should you take your children to visit? And if you do, how do you prepare them for the change in environment? In ...

Mum didn't tell me about her major heart surgery

... When your aunt mentions that your mum's having surgery and you had no idea what do you do? Clare shares her experience of her parents' preference for privacy and desire to not worry her by not telling her about it! Mum is 70 in October and I've ...

How I coped with my mum's dementia

... with my mum's dementia dementia, Alzheimer's, workload, balance, story, This week's storyteller is Lesley Trenner. Lesley, an Ageing Parent Coach, describes how she learnt to deal with her mum's advancing dementia while making career decisions. She talks about how she now ...

Mother's Day gift guide: What to get your elderly parent

... Mother's Day gift guide: What to get your elderly parent gifts, mother's day, gardening, What do you get for a mum who has everything? As our parents get older it can be hard to find them that perfect present that can be really appreciated ...

Older but not over the hill

... create an "invisible barrier" between the old and young that prevents them from talking to each other like normal human beings. Ageing parents, and grandparents alike, are often placed in a category labelled "fragile do not touch do not disturb" which means you ...

Independent living with hearing loss

... Independent living with hearing loss hearing loss, independence, hearing aid, deafness It can be a worry if your parent has significant hearing loss. Do you worry if they don't answer the phone, and even rush round or send a neighbour to check if they're ...

Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help?

... it's a more distant relative who needs help? SOCIAL CARE, RELATIONSHIPS, ELDERCARE, AGEING, POPULATION Dear Lesley We were visiting my parents over the Christmas holiday I thought the visit would be an opportunity to see how they are getting on, as they are both ...