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Let me tell you a story. Alyssa* was 25 years old when her grandmother, Margie, started to need some help with household tasks. Over the next couple of years, Margie’s needs increased and Alyssa’s mother and her siblings spent more time providing care to help their mother decide whether to stay in her home or to move to a retirement residence.
In our society, it’s common to congratulate people for staying in their own home as they grow older.
It is admirable to be dedicated to providing excellent care for an aging loved one; however, it may be important for you to take a step back and examine if your role is affecting your wellness.

Diane* walked in to her mother’s house and saw that her mother, Elaine,* had several large bruises. Elaine explained she had fallen getting out of the bathtub. Diane immediately got upset and told her mother that she needed grab bars installed in her bathroom and really should have someone there to assist her when she showered. Elaine replied that she had been fine living alone for most of her adult life and she didn’t need any help now. Diane brought up other times her mother had fallen or slipped, and other ways she thought her mother needed help to be safe in her home. By the end of the discussion, both Diane and Elaine were very agitated and nothing had been resolved.

In the over 30 years I have worked with and on behalf of older adults and their families, countless times I have witnessed families operating on assumptions when it comes to helping plan for their aging parent’s care or housing. Some of these assumptions include:
When your parent or aging loved one gets to the point of needing more daily support to live well, do you assume they will be moving in with you or a sibling? I’d like to discuss this scenario by imparting to you a true story I was recently told.
“My aging parent is lashing out in unexpected ways following a mutual decision to move into a retirement residence and it is hurting my feel ...
You may have recently explored retirement living and decided that the lifestyle would positively impact your life and help you maintain your ...
When I meet with my clients I always encourage them to think about how they will maintain choice, control and independence as they age—key a ...
Over the span of my career I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with thousands of Canadians about their retirement years. For many, this period ...
Adult sibling relationships can bring much joy into our lives; and—for some—they can also bring pain and disappointment. In my experience, c ...
Are you the caregiver for your parents and are finding it frustrating that other family members aren’t doing more to help? If so, I’m going ...

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