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Helping parents to avoid depression

... Helping parents to avoid depression Depression, Mental Health, Loneliness, Relationships, Retirement With depression known to be a real risk in an ageing population, there are many ways that we can help our parents to keep active and independent to stave off the gloom. ...

Ups and downs of moving mum in

... Ups and downs of moving mum in independence, mobility, relationships, story, This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. One of our readers tells us how her mum moved from Zimbabwe to live in the family home in the UK at the age of ...

Slowing down

... Slowing down relationships, respect, balance, The changes that our parents are undergoing can be frustrating for everyone concerned. Understanding what's happening and being patient is important for our relationships. It's really hard to do. Slowing down to the speed of ageing parents. ...

Shall I invite Dad to live with us?

... Shall I invite Dad to live with us? ADVICE, RELATIONSHIPS, ELDERCARE, INDEPENDENCE Dear Lesley My dad's been angling to move in with me ever since my mum died. I know it wouldn't work. He doesn't get on that well with my teenagers and ...

Parents are many things. Is a burden one of them?

... Parents are many things. Is a burden one of them? relationships, balance, responsibility, independence, story There's been discussion on our Twitter feed this week about our article on not making parents feel like they're a burden. Is this too negative an approach ...

How do I cope with caregiver guilt?

... How do I cope with caregiver guilt? guilt, carer, advice, relationships, responsibility Hi Lesley, My wife is caring for her 78 year old mother who's fairly physically disabled after suffering a stroke 12 years ago (slight weakness down right side) and ...

Who matters in the care home?

... Who matters in the care home? communication, education, relationships, eldercare How one group of experts is aiming to encourage good practice in care homes. A buzz term you may increasingly come across when you're researching care homes is "patient-centric care" or its ...

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

... Who takes responsibility when 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 ...

Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia

... Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia dementia, alzheimer's, carer, relationships, story This week's storyteller is Anita.One parent with dementia is tough. Anita Avery found herself trying to hold down a job, take care of a family, ...

Respecting my parents' wishes

... she told us about her initial reactions in her story here. Now she explains the changes her and her mum have made in their relationship to foster mutual respect. My parents live in London while I am in Devon and as I had a business trip in town ...