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Written by Kimberly Johnston
I always believed that strokes only affect the elderly.
My father had a stroke which led to his death. He was almost 70 years old, and though he wasn’t overweight, his diet consisted mainly of high fat and carbs and he had been a heavy smoker all of his life. While I was devastated, I wasn’t very surprised.
As a caregiver you probably feel like you know more about the person you're caring for than yourself. From health issues, medication schedule, dietary needs to the smallest changes in their mood, trying to have everything in hand and under control is a lot.
Finding the perfect gift is often challenging and can be especially difficult when shopping for older parents or grandparents. Here are a few creative and inexpensive ideas:
1. Custom Photo Books
A story of history, pride and discovering more about my 92 year old grandma
This spring, my grandma will be turning 93 years old. Yep, 93. It’s an age that we all hope to get to one day and stay as sharp as we were when we started our very first job. That is one of the many good traits I would use to describe my grandma. Sharp. I often tell people how amazing it is that she is living on her own happily and independently in her golden years.
Becoming the primary caregiver for an elderly parent is a tough job and one that takes patience and often self-sacrifice. When the person being cared for or other family members disagree with key decisions, caregivers may often feel unappreciated, second-guessed, hurt and angry. Here are a few tips to help when you're feeling criticized:
For an elderly parent living on their own,
Travelling can be an exciting and enriching experience at any age.
Sibling rivalries are often harmless, but when it comes time to care for an aging parent, these petty squabbles and long-ago disagreements can bubble up and boil over.
Almost 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their own homes as they age. That means almost 4.5 million Canadian adults over 65-years-old want to age in place and this number is set to rise steeply over the next half-decade as the Baby Boomer generation gets older.