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Comment on Aging Parents-Adult Caring Children: Emotional Aspects of Relocating Aging Parents by susan

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:55:44 +0000

Thank YOU, Linda. The article spoke to me, and I hope it makes a difference for you. Wishing you luck (which also helps, I've found). Susan



Comment on Aging Parents-Adult Caring Children: Emotional Aspects of Relocating Aging Parents by Linda Riley

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:09:49 +0000

Thank you so much for the link to the AARP article, Helping Aging Parents Move. I am facing this very situation with my 94-year-old mother. She "wants to be INDEPENDENT as long as possible" but due a couple of health issues I think it is time. But Mom is really stubborn and wants to stay in her own home and drive her own car. I don't want to break her spirit but she needs more help and interaction with others than I can give. I'm not in a position to have her move in with us, and frankly, I won't move in with her either! She doesn't want either one. So the solution lies somewhere else. Thanks again for the help. Maybe that will be acceptable to both of us!



Comment on Far Away on Father’s Day: Tips to Lessen the Trials of Travel for Old and Not-so-Old by susan

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:10:43 +0000

I can only speak from experience, Richard. Precheck line is the same. The difference is--that those in the Precheck line who are 75 and over, don't need to remove shoes, belts, computer etc. There are major signs everywhere listing what needn't be removed. That said, I've found some airlines are not always sufficiently "manned" to handle Precheck so you can call airline and check if concerned.



Comment on Far Away on Father’s Day: Tips to Lessen the Trials of Travel for Old and Not-so-Old by Richard Plourd

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:27:29 +0000

Isn't PSA PreCheck the same as PSA for the elderly?



Comment on Aging Parents, Thirst, Dehydration, in the Heat of Summer, or Any Time by Dennis Norby

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:08:09 +0000

The coffee-dehydration myth has been debunked by new research: From the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/caffeinated-drinks/faq-20057965 and excerpts from Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/55479-does-caffeine-cause-dehydration.html



Comment on GREAT GIFTS by susan

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:14:31 +0000

Pam, a couple of suggestions: 1. I heard Fran Russo speak when her book, They're Your Parents Too came out. Her experiences, way of thinking, and problem solving made sense to me. 2. My counseling has taught me that sometimes--indeed often- when family patterns are established (eg. always having the in-laws for those holidays), others in the family assume it's fine--no problem....when indeed we need a reprieve because it has become a problem. At that point the "I need your help" phrase is a good beginning because, as I've said often in this blog, it pulls people into your web, so to speak. They'll no doubt respond as to why and then a nice explanation follows. And you're ahead of the game because you state your case well "We are thrilled...and would appreciate" (fill In something like--"having Thanksgiving/Christmas with just our children and new grandchild." If siblings are somewhat sensitive, they'll do what's right. If not, be nice, but direct and give them the choice of having your in-laws for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I assume your husband is in agreement. Good luck.



Comment on GREAT GIFTS by pambrady2012

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:52:25 +0000

Susan, Wonderful Blog with great information for us caregivers! Do you have any advice concerning asking out of town siblings to invite and host my in-laws for either Thanksgiving or Christmas? My husband and I have had his parents for every holiday (with one exception) for the past 32 years. I would appreciate another family member hosting my in-laws for a holiday at their home. My father-in-law is very difficult and the family has come to expect that the parents will spend every holiday with us. My husband's siblings have children and grandchildren and are able to enjoy holidays without the extra caretaking of their elderly parents. We are thrilled to welcome our first grandchild and would appreciate being able to have a holiday with our children, grandchild and not have my in-laws the center of attention. Thanks!



Comment on Aging Parents–Summer Heat: How Often Should Elderly People Bathe? by susan

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:07:52 +0000

Thanks for sharing, Sharon. Does a wipe shower--with any wipe-- tend to dry the skin or is there a preferred product, or is using moisturizer after recommended?



Comment on Aging Parents–Summer Heat: How Often Should Elderly People Bathe? by Sharon Reams

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:17:28 +0000

I watch over my 82 year old father, and I give him a decent shower once every week. When I'm set, I put moisturizer on his skin to keep it hydrated. In any case, I have CNAs come in each morning to give him a wipe shower to wash his face and the greater part of the essential regions.



Comment on Aging Parents: The Pet-Human Bond Through Illness and the End of Life by susan

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:11:41 +0000

How heartening to hear about the chihuahua, Scott. Yet your beginning sentence and ending question pinpoint the reality--a sad situation. Thanks for reiterating the latter, which is why I like to call attention to Pet Peace of Mind.