Elder Care

Determining the best type of elder care for a loved one is an important decision. Learn about the different types of elder care and what you should look for in a care facility.


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What happens when the child becomes the parent?

If being a parent is the hardest job in the world, then being a caregiver to your parent is possibly the second hardest. Are you up to the challenge?

10 Questions for an Elder Law Attorney

Many concerns and questions can arise as we grow older. In the last decade or so, a new category of law has emerged that specializes in helping retirees answer their questions and learn their rights. Here, 10 questions for an elder law attorney.

10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Nursing Home

The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. But if you're armed with the right information, you'll be able to find a facility that will treat your family member respect and allows them to live a healthy, vibrant life.

5 Tips for Handling the Stress of Aging Parents

Approximately 44 million Americans are helping care for their aging parents -- and it's a thankless job. If you're one of them, see how a few simple changes to your routine can ease the burden and help reduce your stress.

Top 5 Amenities in Assisted Living Facilities

Mention assisted living to a loved one, and you may receive a quick and forceful rejection of the idea. However, many seniors transition to assisted living successfully. What are some amenities that help smooth this transition?

5 Reasons to Consider In-home Elder Care

About seven in 10 people now over the age of 65 will require long-term professional care at some point. So if you're planning your future, or considering how to care for an aging parent or loved-one, there are many reasons to consider in-home elder care.

How do you know when it's time for assisted living?

As we get older, small things, such as tying shoes or lifting heavy pots, become more difficult. For many, the big things get tough, too. But how do you know when it's time to make the move to assisted living?

5 Ways to Prevent a Fall in the Home

Remember when "I've fallen and I can't get up" was the catchphrase of the moment? While the commercial was funny, falls in the home are anything but.

5 Signs of Elder Abuse

As baby boomers reach retirement age, the need for caregivers is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, that's also meant a rise in elder abuse. There are signs you can look for if you're worried that an older person is being abused.

5 Tips for Dealing with Caregiver Burden

Taking care of a loved one in declining health can often overwhelm the caregiver. However, there are ways for caregivers to deal with the stress.

Why is the diagnosis of depression in the elderly often overlooked?

If you're a fatigued 80-year-old who's got back pains and a shrinking social network, a caregiver might chalk up your woes to old age. But could it be depression?

What is disengagement theory?

It's a radical idea that has long since been replaced by the notion that socialization staves off depression. But why did scholars think the elderly withdraw from society?

How to Care for an Aging Parent

What if your parents handed you an itemized account of your childhood expenses? As people live longer, more children are finding that there comes a time when they pay their parents back -- as caregivers.

5 Senior Living Options

"Be nice to your kids -- they'll choose your nursing home" is a popular phrase for bumper stickers. But nowadays, it's a question of whether they'll turn to a nursing home at all.

5 Signs an Elderly Person Shouldn't Be Living Alone

Most families eventually have to deal with a heart-wrenching question: How do you know when an aging relative needs more help than the family can provide? Here are five signs to look for.

5 Things to Look For in Long-term Care

When we're looking for our dream home, we usually have a list of must-have features in mind. When it comes to long-term care options, however, we often don't know exactly what we're looking for.

Assisted Living Overview

Living independently in your own home may be the most fundamental expression of personal freedom. None of us want to get to the point in life when we can't take care of ourselves. But eventually, most of us do.

Nursing Homes Overview

Have you ever seen a positive news story about nursing homes? Unless you live in a town that includes bingo results with the sports scores, it's unlikely. Why do nursing homes have an image problem?

Choices in Long-term Care

Most people believe that the best long-term care plan is one that allows their loved ones to be taken care of at home for as long as possible. Is this the right choice?

Helping a Loved One Die with Dignity

Caring for a dying loved one is difficult and emotional enough in itself, and caregivers often find themselves unprepared for the battle to make sure the person's final wishes are met. Learn how to help a loved one die with dignity.

Living Out Your Final Days Your Way

Living out your final days your way is your prerogative. Here are some pointers to help people ensure their final days are carried out as they wish.