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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The Sandwich Generation juggles constantly

Double-decker sandwich

Necessity has made the sandwich generation expert jugglers. Not only do they have their own lives to lead, often with dual careers but they are the primary support for both older and younger family members. Here’s how the successful ones are managing to keep on juggling. Continue reading “The Sandwich Generation juggles constantly”

Isolation + Elderly + Bad weather = EMERGENCY

 

Snowed-in-car
The current, record-breaking cold snap in our area creates a very troubling issue for anyone who is isolated, especially if they are elderly. No matter the location, whenever bad weather strikes, family members and friends always become concerned about the health and safety of those on their own.
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