Just when you thought that family caregiving couldn't get more complicated, a new issue seems to pop up. And you're left wondering what to do. How do you begin to talk with your elderly mom about getting more help? When do you discuss with your dad giving up the car keys? What do you say to your brothers and sisters when you're stuck with all the caregiving and you can't count on your siblings to assist? When you're a family caregiver, the list of possible caregiver questions and issues is endless.
At age 85, you're happy to be healthy and living longer than you ever expected. But money is running out. Not only will you be unable to leave your children the inheritance they're expecting, but funds are getting tight for you as well. What do you say to your kids?
Now that you're 70, you've begun thinking about the type of legacy that you'd like to leave your family. But you need more assistance to identify what you would want to pass on to your loved ones, both materially and historically. What can you say to enlist their help?
Two months ago your daughter and her family bought the house next door. While you're thrilled to have family close by, they have a key and drop by any time they want. How do you tell them to respect your privacy?
Your 40-year-old daughter is hinting that it's time for you to move from the family home. You know, without a doubt, that you want to stay put. How do you gather information to support your case and begin this discussion with your children?
Caring for aging parents can lead to awkward situations that are difficult for siblings to discuss. Open communication is the key to ensuring that older adults get the help they need and that one family member doesn't become burned out doing all the work.
This video series introduces the 50-50 Rule® — practical support services to help adult siblings improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload in caring for aging parents.
This video discusses research that provides great insights into the issues that siblings face as they try to provide the best care for their aging parents. It also covers the 50-50 Rule—a program designed to help adult siblings improve communication skills.
The final part of this series covers ideas to help siblings cope with the demands of family caregiving for an aging parent. Including ways to avoid family feuds and offers tips for working together, as well as resources for dealing with sibling conflict that's already happening.