Many families have an elder who suffers some form of vision loss. This is especially difficult for everyone involved if the senior lives remotely from the family. Inevitable questions include: What can be done to help? Who can help? When is a good time to intervene? Our family is currently going through this process with a relative who lives in B.C. and suffers from macular degeneration (AMD). Here is what we are doing about it.
Mobility is a common issue for seniors in transition. They may find they are paying much more attention to how they will navigate their surroundings, especially if they are relocating to a completely different type of residence. Moving from a traditional home to a retirement home or a condominium may mean “no more stairs” but may require more walking. Why is that?
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.
Those who downsize from a condo are usually doing so as a second pass. Their original move was likely completed many years earlier. Often the downsizer is an elder who recognizes that a retirement home is now a better match. However, there are a few differences this time. If this applies to you or your parents, read on.
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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.