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Adult Children and Parents

Adult Children and Elderly Parents I learn something new every day when interacting with seniors and their families.  The dynamics of the family are so intertwined and woven tightly, often where it is difficult, as a third party to come into a family when asked to provide support and help. I sympathize with the children who […]

Picking a Medical Alert System

The one thing that we had the hardest time with,  was trying to convince our mom that it would be a good idea to have a medical alert system installed in her home.  She fought against it and it was kind of prophetic. Sometime later she slipped in the bath and could not get up.  […]

Who Will Be Caregiver?

Do you know who is taking care of your Mom and Dad? When we realize our parents need more care than we are able to give, this can lead to un-wanted stress. Questions arise like “How can I get my parents more help?” and “Who can I find to help me?” It can be overwhelming […]

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Holiday Vacations

The holidays are a time for family gathering, festivity and fun. This time of year is also ideal for vacations: kids are out of school, we have time off of work and warmer climates beckon us away from winter. If you are thinking of taking some vacation time over the holidays, here are some ways […]

Where Will I Go Is The Question?

As more and more baby boomers come of age for retirement and downsizing, we are concerned about where will we go. Subsidized care homes are full, costs for higher-end homes catering to every need you may have are sometimes not realistic for people just entering into retirement. There has been a lot of talk amongst […]

Future Care Giving Plans – Opening the Conversation

There is an aging issue we have all heard about; baby boomers have now reached 65 and are ready to retire. We also keep hearing that seniors are happier living in their own homes, the homes they raised their families in and now their grandchildren. Most of these seniors want to stay in their own […]

Daughters and Sons and Seniors

Daughters are daughters all of your life , a son is a son until he takes a wife  ( unknown) I often thought about this saying and its not always the way it is, sons do take care of their moms, I have seen it in my line of work. I do think that sons […]

Seniors and Exercise North Shore Outlook December 2012

Winter has arrived and the days are short. The rains never seem to let up, it gets dark early and it often seems that elderly seniors are more inclined to stay indoors during these wet cold months. For many elderly seniors, it becomes difficult to maintain exercise routine and let’s face it, walking in the […]

Loneliness and Vulnerability in Seniors

Loneliness and Vulnerability I think a lot about the seniors I interact with and as I visit with them following up on their home companion care, I am often touched by the fact that they are lonely, their friends are passing, their families are busy, they live long distances away, so there is a sense […]

Companionship or Home Care – What does your elderly parent need?

Wikipedia describes companionship – “ An interpersonal relationship is an association between two or more people that may range from fleeting to enduring.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companionship Home Care and Support can be many things and over the course of a day a week or a month. It includes such things as light house keeping, errand running, meal […]