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I moved my 90 year old dad to a Board and Care home. I take him back to visit mom at his old home every week. He is very unhappy returning to the care home. What can I do?

Question:  About six months ago I moved my 90 year old dad in to a Board and Care home.  He had a mild stroke and has moderate dementia. My mother is very frail and was not able to care for him, and she did not want someone living in the house as a caregiver. We…

What are examples of elder abuse?

Question:  What are examples of elder abuse other than the usual physical signs? Dr. Amy:  No one deserves to be ill treated or abused. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. While physical abuse can sometimes be the easiest to spot, elder abuse also includes emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse,…

My mother lives on her own and recently she's become very paranoid. For example, she believes the power does not work in her condo. How can I help her?

Question:  My mother owns her condo and lives by herself in Edmonton (Alberta). For the past 18 months she has been very paranoid. She believes the power does not work in her condo or will catch fire if turned on. She cannot go down into her basement because, “the guy told her not to.” Her…

My dad has had three surgeries this year. He is doing ok but my mom is very depressed. Everyone in the family is worried about her. Help!

Question:  My mom is 73, my dad 74. Dad has had three surgeries this year. He is doing ok but mom is very depressed, thinking he is going to die and she will be left alone. She has lost about 30 pounds and now weighs 95 pounds--she is 5'4". My dad has tried to get her…

The last time I visited my grandmother she didn't know who I was. This is very hard for me. Do you have any advice?

Question:  My grandmother has been declining for a number of years and is currently in an assisted living home. I feel a lot of pressure from my aunt and uncle to go to see her. Unfortunately, the last time I saw her she didn't know who I was and that hurts deeply. My memories of my…

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