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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.


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Senior Independence: Respecting Your Privacy

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?

Assisted Living at Home: The Push to Move You Out

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?

Communication Key to Sharing Caregiving Duties

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.

5 Creative Ways to Gain Cooperation from a Senior with Dementia

Family Won't Help with Mom? 6 Strategies to Reduce the Drama

4 Key Questions to Ask if a Senior Family Member Refuses Care

Sharing the care plans

Sharing the Care Plans

No matter what your family relationships are like, an aging care plan represents unchartered waters for most families. Who takes care of Mom and Dad, and where? Do you seek outside support or try to do it all yourselves? What do you do when you can't agree or when someone feels left out?

Payment overdue

Payment Overdue

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.

Recession bust

Recession Bust

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.

Treasured keepsake

A Treasured Keepsake

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.

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