Aging Well

Help! Where do I start?

When a beloved senior starts to decline, the tasks that need to be handled can be daunting. Here are my top ten articles over the last two years on the most common questions and needs.

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Sharing the load for mom or dad's care
By
Liisa Ogburn

Often the point at which the extended family realizes that their aging loved one needs help, the number of tasks that must be handled seems overwhelming. It’s kind of like opening up the closet of a hoarder that is packed to the brim. As soon as you pull out one thing, it reveals a whole other pile right behind it.

Over the last two years, I’ve tackled many of the most common (and daunting) categories of tasks. Below are links to some of the most popular articles.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

That said, many hands make light work. I highly suggest you set up a family meeting or conference call if you live in different areas. (FreeConferenceCall.com is a free, easy-to-use method.) As you try to divide the workload, keep in mind that different people are good at different things. If one adult daughter who lives close to mom has been carrying the bulk of the day-to-day work, then perhaps the sibling living at a distance can handle the finances, medical bills and legal documents. Or maybe they can come in to move mom if residential care is needed.

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