Caregiving Blog: Caring for Aging Parents

 

Welcome to the Caregiving Blog: Caring for Aging Parents. Here you will find helpful caregiving blog articles as well as podcasts and transcripts from The Caring Generation® radio program for caregivers and aging adults. Use the social media buttons at the left to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In, to email a copy to family or friends or to print a copy. All posts are written by caregiving expert, Pamela D. Wilson.

 

Being Realistic About a Parent’s Health

Being Realistic About a Parent’s Health

The Caring Generation® – Episode 140 June 1, 2022. Being realistic about a parent’s health can be emotionally challenging. Caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson, shares insights into why elderly parents might be in denial about health. Learn why family members may distance themselves from care situations and the effects of avoiding health conversations on family caregivers.

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How to Recognize Self-Destructive Caregiving Behaviors

How to Recognize Self-Destructive Caregiving Behaviors

The Caring Generation® – Episode 139 May 25, 2022. How to Recognize Self-Destructive Caregiving Behaviors. Caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson shares habits that negatively affect family caregivers and how to change behavior patterns to replace self-defeating behaviors. Learn how to improve family caregiving relationships through the process of establishing trust and validating emotions.

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When Should An Elderly Parent Stop Living Alone?

When Should An Elderly Parent Stop Living Alone?

The Caring Generation® – Episode 137 May 18, 2022. When should an elderly parent stop living alone? Caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson shares how to identify factors that mean parents are increasingly more likely to need daily care and medical attention. Guest Dr. Gary Kaplan of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine shares tips to keep your immune system healthy.

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Signs Parents Need Memory Care

Signs Parents Need Memory Care

The Caring Generation® – Episode 134 April 20, 2022. Signs parents need memory care include many considerations, including knowing if a parent needs memory care or assisted living or making end-of-life decisions. Caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson interviews Dr. Stephen G Post about decisions that family caregivers must make when elderly parents need more care.

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Breaking Caregiver Promises

Breaking Caregiver Promises

The Caring Generation® – Episode 132 April 6, 2022. Breaking caregiver promises isn’t easy. Caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson shares how to adjust personal goals with commitments to care for elderly parents, spouses, and loved ones. Caregiving promises aren’t only the promises you make to care for others—they include the promises you make to fulfill your needs as the caregiver.

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Being a Caregiver When You Are Young

Being a Caregiver When You Are Young

The Caring Generation® – Episode 128 March 9, 2022. Being a caregiver when you are young for siblings, parents or grandparents is stressful. Learn how to manage difficult parent relationships, fears and not knowing what to do. On this episode, caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson shares her life experience as a young caregiver and offers tips and wisdom for caregivers of all ages.

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Why Caregivers Need a Break

Why Caregivers Need a Break

The Caring Generation® – Episode 125 February 16, 2022. On this episode, Why Caregivers Need a Break, caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson talks about how being a caregiver for children, adults, or caring for yourself can result in stress and negative impacts on health and well-being. Learn 10 tips to reduce the stress of being a caregiver so you can create more balance and live the life of your dreams.

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Family Caregiver Battles

Family Caregiver Battles

The Caring Generation® – Episode 124 February 9, 2022. On this episode, Navigating Family Caregiver Battles, caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson talks about winning the inner battle of being a caregiver—whether you are caring for yourself or someone else. Plus why all caregivers must remain mentally sharp to survive the long haul of caregiving and manage competing priorities.

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I Don’t Want to Care for My Elderly Parents

I Don’t Want to Care for My Elderly Parents

The Caring Generation® – Episode 123, February 2, 2022. On this episode caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson shares insights into reasons caregivers offer when saying “I don’t want to care for my elderly parents.” What duty do adult children have to aging parents who didn’t plan for needing care? Guest Dr. Omri Gillath from the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas discusses his research about how childhood relationships with parents affect the way children approach relationships throughout life.

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How To Plan For Aging Parents

How To Plan For Aging Parents

How to Plan for Aging Parents. The Caring Generation® Episode 122, January 26, 2022. This multi-media online Livestream video, podcast, and article shares information family caregivers must know. Learn why aging parents may not plan for care, the effects on caregivers and families, and steps to live a healthy and happy life today and in the future.

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How Do I Accept My Life Choices As a Caregiver

How Do I Accept My Life Choices As a Caregiver

The Caring Generation® – Episode 121, January 11, 2022. On this episode caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson shares the experiences of caregivers who give up parts of their lives to care for loved ones. Learn how feeling stuck in care situations affects the lives of family caregivers. Guest Dr. Donna Benton shares information about programs offered by the California Caregiver Resource Centers.

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How Can I Be an Effective Caregiver?

How Can I Be an Effective Caregiver?

The Caring Generation® – Episode 120, January 12, 2022, On this episode caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson answers the question, how can I be an effective caregiver? Effectiveness is a result of translating everyday experiences to wisdom. Gain tips to care for aging parents and loved ones in this podcast version of Pamela’s Livestream caregiver event How to Find Wisdom in Daily Life Experiences.

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How to Stop Becoming Like Your Parents – The Caring Generation®

How to Stop Becoming Like Your Parents – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 118 December 29, 2021. On this episode caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson answers the question How to Stop Becoming Like Your Parents? Parents do their best to raise children. But not all lessons about living a happy, healthy, old age are discussed when children are young because parents may not have learned themselves. What adult children can learn from the experience of aging parents.

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Care Refusals: Elderly Parents and Caregivers – The Caring Generation®

Care Refusals: Elderly Parents and Caregivers – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 117 December 22, 2021 – On this episode, Care Refusals, caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson explains the effects of saying no on health, well-being, and family relationships. Dr. Thomas R. Radomski from the University of Pittsburgh shares research about medications and shared decision-making by caregivers and older adults.

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Why Caregivers Don’t Get The Help They Need – The Caring Generation®

Why Caregivers Don’t Get The Help They Need – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 116 December 15, 2021, On this episode caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson shares tips for caregivers who struggle to get the help they need for loved ones. Aging parents and spouses needing care can lack insight into health concerns. Additionally, caregivers can underestimate the effect of stress on their ability to provide care and make good decisions.

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Why Won’t My Family Help Me – The Caring Generation®

Why Won’t My Family Help Me – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 113 November 24, 2021. On this episode, Why Won’t My Family Help Me, caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson offers insights and perspectives to help family caregivers get unstuck about expectations for receiving help. Guest Dr. Brent Roberts, Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses how personality traits link to health and why change at any age can be difficult.

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Why Caregiving Never Ends – The Caring Generation®

Why Caregiving Never Ends – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 111 November 10, 2021, On this episode, Why Caregiving Never Ends, caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson talks about caregiving responsibilities that begin with having children and progress to caring for aging parents, spouses, and ourselves. Guest Louise Hawkley, from NORC at the University of Chicago shares research about the health effects of loneliness on isolated caregivers.

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Does Assisted Living Take All of Your Money? – The Caring Generation®

Does Assisted Living Take All of Your Money? – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 108 October 20, 2021. On this episode, caregiving expert, Pamela D Wilson answers the question Does Assisted Living Take All Your Money? Shared are individual and family beliefs about assisted living communities, reasons assisted care becomes necessary, and why care planning and prevention offer more choices.

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Wishing a Sick Parent Would Die – The Caring Generation®

Wishing a Sick Parent Would Die – The Caring Generation®

The Caring Generation® – Episode 103 September 8, 2021. On this caregiving program, expert Pamela D Wilson offers insights into feelings experienced by caregivers that they hesitate to share including wishing a sick parent would die Guest Dr. Mellissa Withers Associate Professor at the Keck School Medicine shares research about EOAD – early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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