How can I help my ageing parents?
Ageing is a fact of life but caring for elderly parents is a role reversal that few people find particularly easy. As life spans lengthen, adult children in their 50’s and 60’s are increasingly caring for frail, older parents. In fact, 1 in 5 people in the UK are carers to an older family member. The resources in this Pod touch on the many issues you may face while caring for an ageing parent and offer plenty of helpful tips and advice.
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We are never prepared for the reality of ageing parents and it can be a challenging and difficult road for many of us. Many of us are raising children, working outside the home, and becoming caregivers to our parents at the same time. Welcome to the Sandwich Generation! Real women. Real conversations. Served with a big dose of laughter!Play
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In the middle of bringing up children at one end and helping with ageing or sick parents at the other? Welcome to the sandwich generation. Lorraine and Trish talk to Jane Caldwell about the lessons she learned – and the advice she wished she’d had – while caring for her mother Olivia after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.Play
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Annabel James of the Age Space Podcast, and Jason Butler, financial well-being expert and author of Money Moments, talk financial organisation and offer practical advice on funding and elderly care. In this episode they talk about the details of and how to broach the subject of Power Of Attorney. They have plenty of other useful episodes on equity release, inheritance, wills and much more.Play
Looking After Elderly Parents can be one of the most fulfilling things that we are ever asked to do. Margaret Manning, founder of Sixty and Me, talks with a geriatrician Dr Leslie Kernisan, about 3 things that we can all do to help our elderly parents to stay safe at home.Watch
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In a world where growing older can mean entering into a complex and confusing maze of difficult choices, Amy O’Rourke stands out as a passionate advocate for the elderly and their families. She prioritizes quality of life and helps families and elders navigate the challenges of ageing while supporting vital lifestyle preferences.Watch
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Journalist Joan Lunden considers herself part of the sandwich generation as a working mother of seven and a former caregiver to her 94-year-old mother. Lunden offers advice on having the conversation with a parent or other relative about end of life care and the importance of living will and more. …Watch
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Leadership and relationship expert Dr. Karyn Gordon discusses how to best care for an ageing parent. Talk early but make it casual. Make sure siblings are all involved. Assess needs. Ask them what they want but definitely don’t take over !Watch
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One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent. Here are 15 tips from John Shore for the Huffington Post.Read Article
A daughter shares her personal experiences of caring for her mother while juggling work and looking after her children. The article has useful links to pages with practical advice on accommodation options, care fees and care allowances.Read Article
Many care recipients are resistant to strangers coming into their home to help. The help may be perceived as an invasion of privacy, a loss of independence, or a waste of money. Yet in-home assistance is often critical in offering caregivers a break and time to relax and rejuvenate. Here are some tips for making your loved one feel more comfortable with in-home help.Read Article
Age UK is the leading charity for older people. Visit Age UK today for help, information and advice.Read More
Caring for Parents Podcast
Jane Garvey talks to Carol Lee about the difficulties – practical and emotional – of caring for elderly parents long distance. And listeners tell us about their experiences of caring for parents, or being looked after by adult children. BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.Go To Podcast
Age Space, the one-stop online resource and guide for anyone with concerns about, or caring for an ageing parent or relative, neighbour or friend. Whether you’re facing an immediate crisis, or are just beginning to worry, at its heart Age Space is a friendly online conversation space where anyone can ask a question or find the answer to something of concern.Read More
Minding Our Elders Blog
Lots of useful tips and advice on this blog for regarding caregiver and elder support. “Torn between love and exhaustion, dedication and guilt, most caregivers simply want to do the right thing.” – Carol Bradley BursackRead More
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They offer support and advice for people living with dementia today and their families.Read More
The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People
The ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. Deborah Stone draws on her extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field in-depth. Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people. Plus guidance is given on dealing with social services and ensuring you choose the right care for your situations. Crucially, the book also offers help on how to cope as a carer with practical advice on juggling family, work and your caring responsibilities while looking after yourself.Read More