When your elderly parents live with you

Grandma and mom

As the boomer bulge works its way through the decade, some of the sandwich generation and their parents are living together. The two main reasons for this decision are either choice or necessity. Some families look forward to the new reality and others are somewhat apprehensive. These curated video-stories of two families who have done so will give you insight into what this living arrangement is like.

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Before Surrendering Mom’s Driver’s Licence

Drivers Licence

A driver’s licence* represents independence and freedom for most people since it allows them to drive anywhere and anytime they want. It is not surprising that the elderly feel a sense of loss when surrendering their licence due to gradually declining health. If your parent or family member owns real property and is facing this situation, you should be aware of an important option before turning in their Ontario licence.

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Helping a Senior? Listen

Four Most Loving Words

Helping those who very young or very old bears many similarities. The words we say and the intention in our heart can make a huge difference in our relationship. In both cases, listening is the basis of meaningful connections.

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Helping the Isolated Elderly

Man alone

“For some, aging comes with increased isolation and declining health, as social circles shrink and families change.”
– The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO*

Isolation is proving to be a growing problem for seniors, a challenge for families and a drain on the health care system. Here is an overview of the current situation and suggestions for helping our seniors get connected and supported.

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Elder Parent Care – Share the Load

Family meeting to discuss Mom and Dad

As older parents age, the burden of care usually starts to fall on the grown children. If there are differences in availability, age, distance and financial resources between the siblings, conflicts can arise within the family. Here are some suggestions and resources for dealing with this common situation.

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How to Help Your Parents Age in Place

Window and old dog

If you are helping your parents age in place, an effective approach is to address the six areas of focus that most retirement homes offer. With proper assessment, planning, and finances you may be able to simulate many of the features of a retirement home environment for your parent(s). This will allow you to honour your parents’ wishes and prolong their time in the family home.

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My parent has Alzheimer’s. Now what?

Alzheimer's Disease

Since is Alzheimer’s is a gradual, degenerative disease, your family has probably been dealing with the situation for some time. Likely your Mom or Dad is in the Middle Stage of the disease and you are handling healthcare/personal care decisions on an ongoing basis. Now you are also facing decisions involving your parent’s property such as their financial assets and the family home. The steps you take now are critical to achieving a positive outcome for your Mom or Dad and their care.

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Keeping Your Seniors Safe at Home

Falling down the Stairs

The family home is a source of great comfort for parents and children alike. However, as the family ages, elderly parents are often challenged by unintended hazards in the home. Here are some thoughts on how to spot these hazards along with low-cost suggestions for correction.

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Keeping Your Elderly Parents Safe at Home

Keys in the door

Elderly parents living on their own in a traditional home are usually a safety concern for the family. As they age, they are less likely to notice safety issues that gradually sneak up on them. Here are some key issues to watch for and suggestions on how to address them.

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Who Gets the Cottage?

Lake-Muskoka-Chairs

A family cottage is often taken for granted when downsizing and/or planning for retirement. However, a cottage is “that piece of real estate that brings families together but can also drive them apart.” Listen in on a frank discussion between two experienced estate lawyers on how to handle the situation. (Video).

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