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AGING AND LONG-TERM SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION

Caring for an Aging Parent

The following topics answer common questions and concerns adult children often have when caring for an aging parent.

Talking with parents about their future

Talking with your parents about long-term care needs can be difficult. For some, even the idea of discussing the possible disability or dependence of their parent(s) is overwhelming. 
The following are some articles that can help.

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Caregiving Basics- Helping with Personal Care

There are a variety of different tasks you may be helping with.

Physical and occupational therapists, home health aides, and nurses can teach you techniques that will make your job easier and make sure that you and the person you are helping aren’t injured.  Talk with your doctor about this.

It is always important to find out how the disease will impact care.  Learn more.

Caregiver Guides

The following are all booklets that include step-by-step instructions on the basics of providing care.

Additional Resources

Helpful Gadgets or Assistive Devices

You will also want to know if there are any gadgets or assistive devices that can help the person remain as independent as possible. 

The following websites cover the different types of assistive technology and how to find them.

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Other websites on caregiving

The Emotional Challenges of Caring for an Aging Parent

Many caregivers are adult children caring for their parents. There are many, many different emotions and reactions people having to this experience.   It can be or feel:

While you may have a loving relationship with your parents, other adult children find themselves caring for parents they never got along with well or having to deal with a variety of family dynamics.   

These problems are very common. A support group, long-term care manager, or a family pastor, priest, or rabbi may be able to help you find ways to work things out with your parents. Individual counseling can also be helpful.

The website also has several links that can help.  Learn more about:

Contact your local Family Caregiver Support Program to find resources in your community. 

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Siblings and Caregiving

Caring for parents can also affect relationships between your brothers and sisters. For some, the experience of caring for parents can bring together siblings who have lost contact and strengthen family ties. For others, caring for parents can bring out old rivalries, or reinforce old communication problems.

Website Resources

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When Care Services are Needed

This website has several links to help. Learn more about:

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