As Americans live longer and longer lives, many require ongoing, long-term care. This care often falls to grown children -- men and women who are in their forties, fifties, and sixties and busy with careers or perhaps children of their own. Getting caught in this care-giving "sandwich" -- growing children on one side, aging parents on the other -- can be an emotional and financial burden, especially if you don't know where to turn for help.
For many older people, and their loved ones, determining when they are no longer safe on the road is a difficult and heart wrenching process. But ignoring the issue can be dangerous. Elders should carefully monitor their physical changes and make sure any changes don't inhibit their driving ability. Family and friends can also watch for signs that indicate an older person should not be driving.
If your parent loses a spouse or life partner, he or she is likely to need a good deal of emotional and practical help from you. Of course, if it is your other parent who has died -- or someone to whom you were very close -- you will need support, too. Family members, friends, and grief support groups are all good places to turn for comfort. As you're able, you may want or need to help your parent face a number of tasks, decisions, and questions.
Senior homeshare match-up programs bring together older home providers with individuals seeking a place to live. In exchange for providing a private room in their home, seniors receive household assistance or rent from their housemate, or a combination of the two. Though the arrangement is not right for everyone, homesharing meets the needs of many seniors and their housemates.
The use of hospice care -- services that focus on keeping a dying patient as comfortable and pain-free as possible during their last days -- is becoming popular. Many elderly and terminally ill people choose this low-fuss, low-frills medical care as their lives come to an end. If you are considering hospice care for yourself or a loved one, take the time to learn what it is, how to qualify and pay for it, and how to find hospice care services.