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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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Signs of Alzheimer's or Dementia: A Senior Moment or Something More?

You've just stopped by your parents' house and for the second time in a month, noticed that your 70-year-old mother has forgotten the name of a close friend. Is it Alzheimer's disease or dementia, a senior moment or just a passing phase? More importantly, how do you find out?

Clutter: When the House Is a Mess

You find that your 77-year-old mother's house is often in disarray when you visit. You believe it's time for her to make a change in her living arrangement. What do you say?

Senior Clothing: You're Going to Wear That?

You're planning a birthday party for your 85-year- old mother and she insists on wearing her favorite blue dress. Because her eyesight is poor, she can't see that the dress is stained and worn. What do you do?

Senior Health Issues: When Health Changes Lifestyles

Your 70-year-old widowed mother has just been diagnosed with macular degeneration, a disease that causes deterioration of eyesight. How do you begin a conversation with her about the possible ramifications of this disease on her life?

Age and Driving: Did Dad Hit a Light Pole?

A neighbor of your 83-year-old dad has called to tell you he saw your father back his car into a light pole. What do you say?

Better Organization Can Help Families Make Time for Seniors

Balancing work and family obligations is never easy for any family, especially those with young children and older adults. The first thing you should do is try to get organized.

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