Alabama Seniors, Care Giving, Care Managers

7 Tips for Talking with Aging Relatives

If you travel or plan to see family this Thanksgiving, pay particular attention to your aging parents or relatives. Do you notice any significant changes in their health or personality? Do they seem to have difficulty with small tasks? Being observant is essential to successful caregiving and planning. If you find yourself worrying about changes in your aging relatives, don’t ignore your instinct. Using our suggestions below, try starting a conversation to find out if they need assistance to live a healthy, full life. 1) Approach your aging relative separately from the larger group and speak casually at first. 2)…

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Alabama Seniors, Care Giving, Care Managers

Slow Medicine in Caregiving

Dennis McCullough, M.D., explores the concept of slow medicine in his book, “My Mother, Your Mother.” According to McCullough, slow medicine is a movement to keep elders safe and comfortable while preserving their quality of life. It requires a “special commitment undertaken by families and health professionals working together.” The concept of slow medicine focuses on elders at age 80 and beyond. Millions of families are coping with elder care needs without sufficient resources or professional advocates. By being aware of an elder’s changing needs, a medical crisis no longer dictates care. Slower decision making allows physicians to respect what…

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