Posts tagged ‘aging parents’

Unexpected Gift: The Beauty in Every Age

An exercise I often used in diversity training was to have participants divide a large circle into proportioned sections representing the dimensions of diversity most reflective of their current life experience. Many years ago when I did this exercise, race and gender took up at least half of the circle, with moderate sections devoted to other dimensions like class, sexual orientation, religion and mental and physical ability. I am not sure if I even devoted a small slice to the dimension of age. Yet, today, if I were to slice up that pie, probably half of it would be focused on age. It is not just because I am getting older, but more so because those around me are getting older. continue reading>>

Source: Deborah Plummer (The Huffington Post)

Caring for aging parents takes careful preparation

Lee Baker calls it a “personal double-whammy.”

Twice he has seen his role change from son to caregiver of his parents. His mother, 95, lives in Jacksonville, Fla. She is living with Alzheimer’s, the same disease his father fought before he died. A certified financial planner in Stone Mountain, Baker has plenty of real-world experience to share with his clients as he advises them through similar travails.

According to the 2009 Caregiving in the United States report, the average age of today’s caregiver is 49 and the average age of today’s care recipient is 69. Distance between parents and their adult children, combined with economic forces, have combined to exacerbate what is often an extremely difficult situation. continue reading>>

Source: Rana Cash (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 2010)

Help your parents adjust to change

As they age, tips for having some of those difficult conversations.

“One of the most important things that all families dealing with issues of aging can do is to have the conversations before you run into a crisis,” says Beth Kallmyer, senior director of Constituent Services at the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago. If it’s too late for advance planning, try these tips to help your older parent, spouse or sibling:

  • On Giving UP the Car Keys
  • On moving to assisted living
  • On handling their finances

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Source: Peggy J. Noonan (USA Weekend, August 29, 2010)

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