Aging Parents

Caring for aging parents is both a responsibility and a privilege for grown children. Though supporting elderly parents can be challenging, the gift you give your aging parents by making their lives easy and comfortable is a concrete way to thank them for all the love they have given you in your life.
Maryanne (right) with Gail

She Found Purpose as a Family Caregiver

After being laid off from her job, she embraced the role of multigenerational caregiver for her parents and her developmentally-disabled sister. 

Maryanne Curran

Lessons from Caring for Her Parents and Younger Sister

Maryanne Curran talks about how her multigenerational caregiving journey bolstered her faith.

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A Christmas wreath on the door of a white house

5 Tips for Caring for a Difficult Family Member During the Holidays

Advice from a caregiver on how to avoid stress during the most wonderful time of the year.

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Two women practicing tai chi outdoors.

Understanding the Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Knowing what to look for is the first step toward getting your loved one a diagnosis and care.

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Stephanie and Mam Ma

A Take-Charge Caregiver Learns the Value of Asking for Help

Relocating three senior family members seemed a daunting task; accepting assistance made it possible.

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Stephanie Thompson

The Challenges of Transitioning a Loved One into a Senior Facility

Longtime Guideposts contributor Stephanie Thompson shares some lessons she learned from helping her husband's 90-year-old grandmother move from her home of 60 years into a facility 200 miles away.

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4 Ways Caregivers Can Assist During a Hospital Stay

How to make sure your loved is cared for while they’re under someone else’s watch.

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A caregiver tossing a healthy, nutritious salad in the kitchen.

The Importance of Nutrition After a Hospital Stay

Good food is one of the most valuable medications for your loved one’s healing.

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A family enjoying a summer lunch together outdoors.

4 Tips for Dealing with Summer Heat

Older adults are at heightened risk for heat-related illnesses, so prevention is key.

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Three generations of the same family

5 Tips for Successful Multigenerational Family Living

Grandparents moving in? How to make a situation like this work for everyone in the family.

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How I’m Caregiving Differently the Second Time Around

My mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis was a surprise. With my mother-in-law, I’m prepared.

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A caregiver daughter hugging her elderly mother.

5 Ways to Avoid and Repair Relationship Strain When Caring for a Loved One

Take steps to prepare for the changes in your relationship when you care for a loved one

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A senior couple in the park.

How to Plan for Your Family’s Future Caregiving Needs

Plan ahead for the personal and financial realities of caring for an aging loved one

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Kristy and her mom, Flo

Caring for a Difficult Parent

Her mother lived in constant fear, and it wasn't until after her father passed away that Kristy Dewberry understood why.

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