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Talking about your eldercare challenges

... balancing work and care commitments. Having supported an elderly family member she's well equipped to advise others on the challenges that can arise as parents age. Find out how others are coping and be reassured that feeling overwhelmed can sometimes just be part and parcel of eldercare responsibilities ...

How can I get mum to take my worries about her seriously?

... to this so you will probably need to think how to persuade her. I talk to a lot of "children" of ageing parents who describe their parents as "stubborn". And indeed sometimes they are! But underneath, I think we can understand and ...

Recognising signs of dementia

... with this sort of list is that most of us in midlife can identify with these symptoms ourselves, never mind recognise them in our parents. We lead busy lives with a zillion things to remember, and it's hardly surprising if we constantly forget stuff. It would ...

When helpers become the enemy

... This 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 ...

Mobility scooters: a guide for the beginner

... to know where to start. Here's a quick guide to some of the areas to consider when you're finding the right vehicle for your parent. The decision to purchase a mobility scooter can be emotional for everyone involved. Finding the right scooter can be particularly stressful, ...

Balancing dementia care with a full-time career

... could do. He could leave. But how, at 78, was Mum going to manage? And what about money? My parents' money was all in Dad's name. We couldn't access any of it without a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). ...

We chose to sell medals for Branse's benefit

... for a care home nearer me, in Hertfordshire, somewhere she would be happy to move to with my dad and where both my parents' needs could be catered for. My mum was capable of looking after herself and so we wanted a care home that would ...

Ups and downs of moving mum in

... few nights. We wanted to know what husband John thought about the living arrangements. It must be harder when it's not your own parent? Looking after my mother-in-law is absolutely the right thing to do. We agree on this and if we want to leave one ...

Dementia is stealing away my hero dad and I feel useless

... you help? Lesley says: Hello What an incredibly sad situation. I do feel for you. It's always hard to watch our parents grow older and more frail but dementia is a particularly cruel and relentless disease. Anyone reading this who has a family member with ...

How do you view ageing?

... see if they're more negative that we'd like to think. How do you view the process of ageing? Maybe trying to support your parents to be independent on the one hand, but not actually trusting them to look after themselves and make sensible decisions on the other ...