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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 ...

Ageing parents - who cares?

... Ageing parents- who cares? eldercare, carer, workload, responsibility, balance The number of people aged 85 and over in the UK has shot up in recent years and it's predicted to double in the next two decades. As they get older, people ...

Fresh ideas on balancing work and eldercare

... Fresh ideas on balancing work and eldercare carer, workload, responsibility, retirement, career Women in their 50s and 60s are working longer whilst taking the lion's share of care for ageing family members. As career opportunities begin to slim with care responsibilities often over spilling ...

Reaching the other side of dementia care

... Reaching the other side of dementia care dementia, carer, responsibility, workload, balance, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. Our storyteller this week coped with the massive demands of caring for a mother with dementia, and is now reclaiming her ...

Cool, calm and collected or collapsing, crying and crumpling?

... Cool, calm and collected or collapsing, crying and crumpling? workload, responsibility, balance However much we love our parents, taking on responsibility for their challenges can be incredibly stressful, especially as we have no idea of knowing when the next crisis will occur ...

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 ...

Talking about your eldercare challenges

... Talking about your eldercare challenges relationships, responsibility, communication, balance, advice, When you're supporting an elderly person you can suddenly find yourself confronted with emotional and practical problems you're not equipped to face without support. While we know people benefit hugely from our web ...

Caring for a disabled mother-in-law

... , osteoporosis, eldercare Caron Sprake, author of eldercare blog Caron Cares, shares how she cared for her disabled mother-in-law whilst juggling family responsibilities. When I said "I do" I acquired not only a husband but a disabled mother-in-law as well. After leaving my ...

Tackling all those to-dos

... Tackling all those to-dos balance, responsibility, commitment, workload Work, home and play can keep us busy enough. But when we add supporting ageing parents into the mix, our to-do lists can start to look overwhelming. Personal and professional development coach Rhiannon Ford ...

Tips to change festive pressure into pleasure

... Tips to change festive pressure into pleasure relationships, communication, responsibility, balance Juggling the needs of family, friends and work can come to a head during the festive season, especially if you're the sort of person that wants everyone to have a wonderful time. ...