Family dynamics

Helping my dad age in place at the end of life was the best way to honor his wishes and spirit

By Lisa B. Samalonis “Don't ever put me in a nursing home, Lee,” my father said one Saturday afternoon as we finished bagging up the fresh grass after mowing the backyard lawn. “Oh, OK, Dad,” I said with a chuckle and an eye roll. He had taken... more

9 ways sandwich-generation caregivers can manage stress

The "sandwich generation" is made up of people who are simultaneously taking care of their children and helping their aging parents. Predictably, this causes a lot of stress. At times, it can feel impossible to manage everything. You're only one person, after all! "I don't think I handle... more

How to juggle parent and kid care in the summer months

Navigating life in the sandwich generation is tough enough during the cooler fall, winter and spring seasons, but the challenge becomes even greater during summer. That’s because for many people who are balancing child-rearing and eldercare, the months between September and May provide somewhat of a built-in safety net: school... more

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Yes, you can take a vacation — even if you're caring for aging parents. Here’s how

Family caregivers may often daydream about vacation, but actually taking a break is often a different story. How could you ever get away when you have so much responsibility? Who would take care of your parent? How would your parent feel if you left? How would you feel leaving them... more

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4 common in-home senior care challenges and how to overcome them

It can sometimes be hard for someone to accept that they need extra help at home. Wanting to stay independent or feeling nervous about having someone they don’t know caring for them are common concerns for aging adults and their families. Here’s how to overcome these and other in-home care challenges... more

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Fighting over caring for an elderly parent: 6 ways to get your family on the same page

When mom starts getting lost on her way to the supermarket or dad just can’t get up and down the stairs like he used to, everyone in the family may agree it’s time to get some help. Sometimes, this transition goes smoothly, with siblings pooling their resources and tackling the... more

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5 activities to do with seniors that will lift their spirits — and yours

Here’s a sobering statistic: By age 75, over 35% of older adults get no physical activity outside of work, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But research shows that physical activity and mental stimulation help seniors stay mobile and independent longer. It can be challenging to... more

How to manage holiday stress as a family caregiver

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Traveling, visiting family and friends, decorating, indulging in traditions — it truly is the season for spending time with loved ones and making memories. But for family caregivers, that may not always be the case. Taking care of... more