Here is a short video by Michael Simpson as he talks about the five tips that will help you answer the question “How do you cope with aging parents?”
Above all you must have a plan, if you just jump into the muddy waters of aging you will end up in a fight with the very people you want to help, your parents. Be gentle, be friendly and go slow. Do not, if possible try to check off all these tips in a single visit with them. It will come off as too confrontational and as a power grab.
Please watch the video and leave me your comments.
Tip #1 – The Plan.
This must start with reassuring your parents that you are sensitive to their desires and their need to be a major part of the decision making process when it comes to their future. You must assure them that you are there for them and you can be depended upon to help them solve their problems.
Restate the importance of the leadership, guidance and family coaching that they have provided over the years and how you and your children have benefited from such great parenting. Remember, sucking up to Mom and Dad doesn’t hurt. Continue reading “Five Tips for Coping With Aging Parents” »
Whether your parent lives with you, lives down the street or lives 3,ooo miles away you are always concerned that they are receiving the best home care and that they are safe in their home. As a family care giver there are many options available to you but as with all decisions that impact the family; careful exploration of the alternatives is critical.
This is another video in our on going series titled “Senior Minutes”. These are designed to help family care givers deal with the many issues of aging such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mobility and independence. Continue reading “Senior Minute – Episode #2” »
Home Care in Arizona is producing a series of short videos entitled “Senior Minutes”. These videos will be aimed at those who are personally involved with providing home care for an aging parent or loved one.
We will explore all the issues that family home care givers are dealing with including safety, dealing with dementia, medical issues, mobility, driving concerns and many others.
Here is our first video.
Continue reading “Senior Minute – Episode #1” »
Here is a little more information about the services we provide in less then a minute. This is for all you folks out there who don’t have time to bounce around from page to page but want your information served up fast food style…but still nutritious.
Here is a short video put out by the Mayo Clinic on the warning signs of strokes. May is Stroke Awareness Month and while most of us are aware of the warning signs it never hurts to be reminded of them. Visiting Angels Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and Surprise Arizona provides in home care for seniors and others who have been stroke victims. Our elder care services include meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal hygiene, assistance with mobility and rewarding companionship. Our services for aging parents are affordable and can range from only a couple of hours a week to 24/7 live in or live out care.
Several of our clients are patients at the Mayo Clinic and we have witnessed first hand the quality of care and high degree of professionalism that is the Mayo Clinic. If you are looking for a healthcare provider and facility make sure the Mayo Clinic is on your short list.
We have spent a lot of time researching the vast amount of information on line and through our sources to condense down the material and answer some of the basic questions that we receive being a home care agency.
This series of videos are in no way definitive answers to the complex questions and even more complex answers to the degenerative brain disease known as Alzheimer’s. What we are trying to do is to let the family know that they are not alone and to provide them with a modicum of information and sources to a great repository of information about this disease that Nancy Reagan called “the long goodbye”.
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Here is a short video that we recently posted on line to give some recognition to those in the “Sandwich Generation” who are dealing with still having young children in the home while helping an aging loved one.
One of the items that we really don’t deal with enough is the issue of guilt. And this happens on both sides of the age divide. The aging loved one sometimes feels guilty that they need help from their family and know how Continue reading “Let the Guilt Go!” »
According to the National Institute for the Aging and the National Institute of Heath a cure for the debilitating and fatal disease of Alzheimer’s is achievable. This is a short video from HBO Films about new developments in research.
Here are some very simple exercises that you can do to help with the symptoms of vertigo. My mother-in-law suffered from terrible episodes of dizziness and there was more than one occasion where we called the ambulance and had her transported to the hospital. After she was diagnosed with vertigo we found theses exercises. This along with some chiropractic care has totally eliminated the symptoms.
The Sandwich Generation, those caught between their aging parents and young children, includes some 20 million Americans.
In this emotionally charged account of family caregiving, filmmaker Julie Winokur and her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi, expose their personal lives with unflinching candor. Winokur and Kashi uprooted their two children and their business in order to move 3,000 miles cross-country to care for Winokur’s father, Herbie.
At 83, Herbie suffers from dementia and can no longer live alone. Winokur and Kashi are faced with difficult choices and overwhelming responsibility as they charge head on through their Sandwich years. It is a story of love, family dynamics and the immeasurable sacrifice of those who are caught in the middle.