Tough time finding the right gift for mom or dad? The economic slowdown may make it easier to shop for seniors wanting practical, economical gifts according to Home Instead Senior Care. In case you still are having trouble thinking of that special gift, read the indispensable Ten Practical and Economical Gifts for Seniors…
It might be called the tale of two Boomers: One day you hear that older adults have
never been healthier; they're working out and buffing up at YMCAs and fitness clubs
throughout America, and living longer as a result. At the same time, half of middle-aged
adults between 55 and 64 have high blood pressure and two and five are obese, according
to the National Center for Health Statistics. A recent study by Purdue University reveals
a more complex picture of the cost of obesity for Boomers…
Navigating the medical and insurance maze can seem daunting for family caregivers trying to help a senior loved one. Check out the following resources in addition to those available at www.SeniorEmergencyKit.com.
You and your brother have just discovered a pile of overdue bills, spoiled food in the refrigerator and magazines stacked ceiling high at your parents' house. Approach your parents and brother with a sense of working together to find a solution rather than telling them what to do.
The economy has taken its toll on your parents' retirement nest egg, which they worked so hard to build. Initiate a conversation between you and your parents, making sure that your siblings all have the same information.
You've always admired your mother's sapphire brooch, which she promised you several years ago, but the keepsake went to your sister-in-law instead. The high ground is to appreciate that your memories are the most important reminder of your mother and your relationship with her. If you can calmly talk to your sister-in-law, try it.
No doubt about it, Dad is starting to need help at home. But your brother doesn't want him to spend any of the money and, you suspect, it's because he doesn't want dad to deplete brother's potential inheritance. Encourage your father to spend money to make his life easier and assure him that such spending is appropriate.
You and your siblings haven't been on speaking terms for years, but now that Mom and Dad need help, their care is slipping. Talk with your parents face-to-face. Tell them you just want to help and ask them to be honest with you about their needs, then share that information with your siblings.