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Four questions to ask a new live-in carer to start building a relationship

... Four questions to ask a new live-in carer to start building a relationship ELDERCARE, CARER, HOMECARE, COMPANIONSHIP Inviting a stranger into the home to provide live-in care can be daunting. Where do you start to build a comfortable relationship between carer and person receiving care ...

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

... Maintaining a relationship when your parent has dementia – a real-life story DEMENTIA, CARE HOME, ADVICE, RELATIONSHIPS Our specialist ageing parent "agony aunt" Lesley Trenner has been talking to people about the emotions around caring for family members living with dementia. Here she ...

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

... Are sex and love taboo topics for you and your parents? communication, relationships, mobility, depression, companionship Don't be afraid to talk to your parent about love and sex, advises Relate counsellor and author, Barbara Bloomfield. They've got the same hopes and ...

How to support an elderly carer

... How to support an elderly carer eldercare, balance, companionship, advice, relationships Dear Lesley,My father died 15 years ago and my mother has been with a new partner for the last 10 years, although they don't live together. In some ways their ...

Coming home - or at least nearby

... Coming home- or at least nearby relationships, loneliness, retirement, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.When's the right time to move a parent to be close to you? Does removing some parental challenges mean introducing new ones? My mum is a ...

How do I deal with a mean mother?

... How do I deal with a mean mother? advice, relationships, balance, eldercare, communication Dear Lesley,It sounds awful but I have such a struggle with my mother, her constant demands and toxic 'snidey' comments. Everything is a crisis, when ...

Bridging the distance between us

... Bridging the distance between us carer, paranoia, relationships, eldercare, story This week's storyteller is Sally.When Sally's parents both became ill and dependent on others, Sally resisted the pressure to turn her life upside down and go home to help. She tells us about ...

When families can't agree on care

... When families can't agree on care Dementia, Lasting Power of Attorney, Care home, Advice, Relationships Dear Lesley, All my brother and sisters and I seem to do these days is fight. We used to get on really well. Then mum was diagnosed ...

How speech therapy can improve communication

... How speech therapy can improve communication speech therapy, communication, relationships, stroke As our parents age they can face challenges that make speech more difficult. Speech and language therapist Laura Dawson explains how to identify the issues and how our parents can be helped. Why ...

What does the increase in silver divorces mean for adult children?

... women have been employed for longer and many are financially independent and have their own pensions. They don't have to stay in an unhappy relationship to maintain stability. That said it's both men and women who are instigating divorces. It's probably also down to growing longevity. ...