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    I want to convey to you all that write a story about taking care of elderly parents. I understand it is not very easy to take over as a care giver for your parents but I used to work in a nursing home and I have seen the worst incidents that I have a hard time descibing about...
    deaz37 deaz37 36-40, F Sep 18, 2011

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    Padpenny

    Hi please could any one help me.I am looking after my mum,and she is bad on her feet,and getting worse.she wears pads,how do you hold up someone and put a pad on pulse pull up pants, l am by myself we have no help. Thanks
    badpenny7 badpenny7 46-50 1 Response Feb 14, 2013

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    Only Child Caring For 2 Elderly Parents

    My mom just turned 89 and my dad is almost 88. Despite my dad's slight dimensia, their health has been good until February when my mom was hospitalized with congestive heart failure. They found a leaking mitral valve. I didn't really think I would need to go to the doctor with...
    alleycat1264 alleycat1264 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 7, 2013

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    My Father

    im 22 and i am a live in care giver for my elderly father. i had a fun life in texas a ok job and a great girlfriend. but in my mind family comes first so when my dad started getting sicker i dropped everything and moved back to Minnesota to move in and take care of him i enjoy...
    loveingson90 loveingson90 22-25 3 Responses Nov 13, 2012

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    I Wish....

    I understand how hard it must be to care for elderly parents although I never got the chance to find out as my dad passed away while still at the hospital. I remember at the time I would have given everything I had just to have him come home with me and get better. He never did...
    leasafb leasafb 51-55, F 9 Responses May 6, 2008

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    Video Calling To Help Care For Elderly?

    We are conducting some research into how video calling could help care for elderly relatives. We've built a box that turns the TV into a really simple video calling device. We'd like to know if this could help families with older relatives? If so please tell your story below...
    MattSimmonds MattSimmonds 22-25, M Jul 8, 2013

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    Existing Vs Living

      My name is Paula and I care for my Mother. She has a chronic form of Guillan Barre Syndrome called CIDP (Chronic Demylenating Polyneuropaty). She is completely bedridden, muti-palegic and incontinent in every sense of the word. I feed her, bathe her, clean her and give...
    prwoody prwoody 51-55 Aug 31, 2013

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    Caring For My Elderly Dad.

    I'm the youngest in the family. Although 54 is not young. I have always been the one to take my parent where they needed to go. My mom got Dementia last year so I brought her and Dad to my house. I took year off work . She passed oct 2012. So Dad is still here. He's 89 years old...
    Babbs89 Babbs89 51-55, F 5 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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    Taking Care of 2 Elderly and 4 Childre

    My boyfriends parents moved in with us shortly after we got our house and seeing that I am the stay at home mom I was left to tend to there needs. Now the mother was doulbe parapalegic confined to a wheel chair and a dibatic sadly she passed december 06. the father has kidney...
    lovemypets79 lovemypets79 26-30, F 1 Response May 6, 2008

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    I Don't

    so i'm not going to join.   however, working at a grocery store i've been seeing people come in with thier elderly parents every day for a few months. it's a strange thing for me to watch, as the parent slips away mentally and physically and the offspring takes on a...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 5 Responses May 8, 2008

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    I care for my parents a lot.

    If I am not able to visit them,I ring them up.Today my mom rang and asked why I am missing .lol.That is her way of saying why I did not call her up.Thank goodness I did not.Atleast she called me up. :)
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    Caring For My 74 Year Old Mom

    During the past month our family has experienced some drastic changes. My mother had a stroke and a seizure in March and when she got out of the hospital, it was agreed by her and by my husband and myself that she should no longer live alone. So, she moved in with us, to our 3...
    only3 only3 36-40, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2009

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    II'm the One Being Cared For

    In my case, I'm the one getting taken care of.  I'm disabled and only 56, but I can barely walk.  I live with my son and his girlfriend.  They are pretty good to me, but it's demoralizing.     
    saguaroblossom saguaroblossom 56-60, F 1 Response May 9, 2008

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    My Mom

    my mom is soon to be 87. she is in bad health. I take care of her the best I can. I feel like I don't do enough. im tired,scared , lonely and worried. I never get the house, not even out in the yard. I have no friends. but , to keep her safe and healthy, I give that up. I am just...
    idk1either idk1either 46-50, F 3 Responses May 21, 2013

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    My Father-in-law

    My husband's father had been living alone for 6 years after his wife died tragically in a car accident. He's now 71 years old and recently had a stroke. This old man hadn't been taking care of himself at all before the health problems, and it was eye opening to find out how bad...
    vachabeer vachabeer 26-30, F 12 Responses Jul 28, 2011

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    Because I Miss Her So Much..

    I did. I cared. I did the best I could.My mother wasn't that old really. She was I'm her late 40's when her health started to detiriorate. In her early 50's she began having ministrokes. Finally she had her wreck. Though no one is sure if the major stroke she'd had was the...
    tsumomo tsumomo 22-25, F Mar 15, 2012

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    Meals For Elderly

    Hello, I work for a company called Meal Movement. We help feed elderly healthy, nutritious, meals. It's real, great tasting food. It includes real eggs, meats, vegetables, etc. There are no added fillers or processed carbs, so it's great for diabetics and those who need low...
    mealmovement mealmovement 51-55 2 Responses Sep 18, 2012

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    My Mom Had Mild Dementia And Now Ocd, What Can I Do To Help Her To Stay Active.

    My mom who is 79 years old has survived 3 bouts of various cancers. 2 years ago she had a stroke, and it didn't look like she would survive but she did. At first she stayed at a nursing home to recover, and then moved in with my sister. My sister was having such a hard time with...
    Bubble51 Bubble51 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2010

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    Vitamin D And Exercise Reduce The Risk Of Falls In Elderly People

    Excerpted from :http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/alerts/back_pain_osteoporosis/Preventing-Falls_6331-1.html?ET=johnshopkins:e95557:1554667a:&st=email&s=W1R_121201_001Johns Hopkins Health AlertTwo Key Recommendations to Prevent Falls in Older AdultsThe "U.S. Preventive...
    conceptualclarity conceptualclarity 51-55, M Dec 1, 2012

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    I Wont Be Caring My My Adopted Mother When She Needs It....

    she will be going straight into a home!!
    mama12345678 mama12345678 51-55, F 3 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    Keeping Dad Occupied

    Hello All,I have been soaking it all up for quite a while now. After reading some of the stories I feel that I am in a better situation than a lot of you, for that I give thanks. Pops is 85 and considering age is in decent shape both physically and mind wise. One of the biggest...
    geraldrms geraldrms 56-60 1 Response Mar 4, 2012

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    Caring For My Mother-in-law With My Husband Is Not Fun

    My husband and I just got married this year and we are caring for his mom. It is a hard way to start a marriage and I knew what I was getting into. I just didn't realize how alienated I would feel in his home. I work and he stays home with his mom all day. When I'm there, his mom...
    notDiggingThisCaretakingThing notDiggingThisCaretakingThing 51-55 2 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    Problems Helping My 78 Year Old Grandmother

    My grandmother wants to be independent but has in turn gotten scammed through things in the mail including car warranties, life insurance, etc. typical junk mail, and has missed bill payments, and tried to do her taxes herself. She has dents on her van and lies to me about where...
    krperrot krperrot 26-30 2 Responses Apr 15, 2013

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    My father lived on his own

    for 10 years after my mum died. One day he was sold the wrong kind of mattress by some cold caller, and he fell out of bed and broke his ankle. After he was in hospital for 3 months, my wife and I figured that he was no long able to cope on his own, so we invited him to come...
    AJSudbury AJSudbury 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 28

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    Looking After the Folks

    My dad was diagnosed with alzheimers in 2006 and my mom has been on oxygen for years, now, but last year she had a pulmonary adema and when she came out of hospital was very weak and frail, she has since then started having numerous small strokes, which thank the Lord have not...
    Lizzybeth Lizzybeth 36-40, F 3 Responses May 8, 2008

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    A Few Things to Ponder Re: This Topic

    I believe that my/our generation has lost a very important element of social fabric. I say fabric as there is a weave involved in fabric, the tighter the weave, the stronger the fabric. I believe we have lost stength in our weave. Across our nation we have families so busy...
    francis28340 francis28340 61-65, M 18 Responses May 7, 2008

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    Wishes

    Now that they are elderly and less strong -- physically and mentally -- I have become their adult guardian. Sure, it's difficult, but I do it because I love them, and fair is fair. They took care of me and my husband when we needed help and protection while growing up. I...
    auroramaru auroramaru 46-50, F 4 Responses Mar 16, 2012

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    Caregiver Of 82 Year Old Mom - Introduction.

    Hi, my name is Luxvenit; I am in my late 40's and care for my 82-year-old mother on a full-time basis while juggling to finish my thesis to acquire a Master's Degree. She is a cerebral aneurysm survivor of ten years and recently -- as of two weeks ago- received a pacemaker for...
    luxvenit luxvenit 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 31, 2011

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    Funds For Eldery

    Hi! This is Samson,I have been helping my Elderly Grand parents by joining and shopping from the link below and you can it yourself and see the benefits it lends to the Elderly;http://tinyurl.com/8x3eugbTry it.
    samieserunjogi samieserunjogi 31-35 Mar 9, 2012

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    I Feel Guilty

    hi i have given up my life to look after my mum and i resent it every day I am the only girl and it fell on me i give up every thing to do this 24 7 i have being feeling every emotion i the depression is the worst ,My mum does not care as long as she is looked after i feel like...
    treasa333 treasa333 51-55 6 Responses Apr 10, 2012

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    My Mom Lives With Me

    i bought a double house many years ago and my mother wanted so much to own her own home that I said sure move in here to the lower apartment (mom and dad never did own a house rented various places raising six kids).. So now years later she has gotten Dementia pretty badly. But I...
    dano900 dano900 51-55 4 Responses Sep 9, 2011

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    Angels Come In Disguise To Keep Holidays Manageable

    The holidays can cause a problem of overstimulation. Especially persons with dementia need help to be able to respond positively to the flood of activities; otherwise under or over stimulation can cause them to withdraw, decreasing their responsiveness – or to panic, increasing...
    SkyeW SkyeW 56-60, F Dec 19, 2012

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    My Parents Mean A Great Deal To Me

    I will never abandon them ever... they support everything about me ... and have been showing support with all the things I have gone through they hate the film group and ken carey who date raped me... they hate joyce and they hate people who try to stop me studying or who...
    IceEntice IceEntice 36-40, F Aug 14, 2012

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    At A Loss

    I am not yet casting for my sick mother and am in the process of figuring out what to do. Where do I start. I moved to another province 4 years ago to be with my fiance now husband this is when my mother's health stated to go down hill. She suffered a broken foot then a broken...
    Tstep8 Tstep8 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 17, 2013

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    Life Alert

    My Grandma refused to give up her independence. I think another consideration is time of response. We just got grandma that Life Alert emergency response with the button. I think it's the best thing on the market. We always call but can't be there all the time and she wants to be...
    Isalassiei Isalassiei 41-45 2 Responses Feb 24, 2012

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    My Journey Is Just Beginning

    My journey of caring for my mother is just beginning.  Prior to this, I have always enjoyed bragging rights about my mother and her health and mental clarity. She was always independent, and was able to care for all of her needs by herself. Things are slowly beginning to...
    carolmanning carolmanning 51-55 4 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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    I think, it is somewhat wrong to put old

    parents into care homes. I mean although Uncle Sam and his team promise, to take good care of them. Our parents didn't put us in foster homes, when we was young. I think we are going away from the good abit to fast.
    AncientStar AncientStar 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 22

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    Did I Do The Right Thing?

    My parents live in an assisted care facility about 50 miles away from me. They are both in their late 80's. I don't have a car but I travel down there to visit with them every week to check on them. My problem is this: my father and mother think that they can move back to their...
    KShade KShade 46-50, F 4 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    Senior Support Center

    Hello Everyone,     my name is Michele Bayno. I have ten years working experience as a social worker with the elderly and their family. My experience comes from working in a public hospital setting on a geriatric unit. I have a lot of working experience with the issues...
    MicheleBayno MicheleBayno 36-40 Sep 27, 2011

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    I feel like I have reverted back to an awkward

    teenager at times when I am with my mother. We were at the doctors office waiting room the other day and it was packed. As I bent over to pick something up, my lovely mother said very in a very stern and loud voice "cover up that cleavage". I could feel my face turning red...
    cheersfromaz cheersfromaz 46-50, F 7 Responses Aug 2

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    My Mom Rules!!!

    I didn't always have the best relationship with my Mom, I often had crippling nightmares where she was really bad to me well into my late teens and sometimes in my early 20's. I don't know, ever since she became a Grandma she has been amazing and has saved my Daughter's life...
    XxLuckeeStarrXx XxLuckeeStarrXx 26-30, F 2 Responses May 7, 2008

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    My Parents Are Getting Old, Fast.

    Hi, my name is Kim, I am 33 years old and a Registered Nurse working in an ICU. I never thought I would be taking care of my parents this soon! I feel like I am too young to be taking care of them.  I have three teenage sons who have been going...
    nursekimkim nursekimkim 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 16, 2008

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    Our Parents Live With Us

    My husband and I bought a very large home 12 years ago because we believed that our parents would some day come to live with us. based on our siblings challenges we were correct. My mother in law moved in 3 years ago and my father last August. We were fully prepared to care...
    chzbabe chzbabe 51-55 19 Responses Feb 2, 2012

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    Need Advice Helping My Dad

    I'm not exactly doing what the title of this group says, but my situation is a similar one. My dad lost his job back in January. He now only gets unemployment. We used to live in the same apartment complex, but different apartments. When our complex got bought the rent went up...
    LivDragonfly LivDragonfly 22-25, F 8 Responses Jul 20, 2011

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    Worrying About My Widowed Father...

    My parents were married for almost 40 years, when my mother passed away from ovarian cancer in February 2010. I'm a military spouse and live across the U.S. from my widowed father and wanted to visit him, since it'd been 2-1/2 years since I'd last seen him when Mom died. Well...
    DiamondAnne DiamondAnne 36-40 1 Response Jul 23, 2012

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    My....little Mother

    She's very old and quite goofy now, and, we were never really close, we were truly two different types of women, we could NOT have been more different, and, we could not have looked more alike. I think she plays with me. I think she enjoys it. She played with my father the same...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone 56-60, F 16 Responses Aug 17, 2011

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    I Care For My Mother Who Is 89

    As I am single and the most financial and available it sort of fell on me to look after my parents. My dad has been dead 4 years (alzheimers) but I am still looking after my mother who is 89. In many ways she is in good health and manages many things independently. She is...
    Zack45 Zack45 46-50, M 28 Responses May 6, 2008

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    A Son Looking After My Elderly Mum

    I am a only child and my mother lives with me. At the age of 49 I have had a good life and a successful career. She is now 77. A few months ago she slipped and fell at home. Luckily I was at home. But since that day she has been emotionally vulnerable. For the first time in...
    markd1234 markd1234 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 12, 2012

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    What Do I Do ??

    My mother had a stroke at xmas time when she had her stroke she was visiting me at my place which saved her from dieing no doudt.The problem is when she came home she decided to move in with me and me wanting to help her I thought it was the best thing to do however I know that...
    anysuggestions anysuggestions 51-55, F 7 Responses Jan 16, 2013

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    Some Times The Burden Is Just To Much To Bear

    I am 54 yrs old, I been caring for 90 year mother for 10 years. At first it wasn't bad..I had a job and mom was capable of staying by herself while I was at work. As the years went by her health degraded..She had to have her gall bladder removed, year later she had to have...
    JoAnn1955 JoAnn1955 51-55, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2010

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    I'M 18 Taking Care Of My 80 Year Old Father

    I'm my dads oldest child, when I was younger I never got along with him, I would purposely try to hurt him and tell him I hate him and I hope he dies. I moved into an apartment last year with my boyfriend and my relationship with my father has been really good since then, I...
    valleysofneptune valleysofneptune 18-21 1 Response Feb 4, 2013

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