I Care For My Elderly Parents

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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

    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
    3 Responses Oct 17, 2013

    For The Stories Of "I Care For My Elderly Parents"

    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

    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


    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
    1 Response Feb 14, 2013

    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
    Aug 31, 2013

    The Story Of The Giant Calendar

    The mother of my colleague is now 99 and had problems with her eye sight. To help her, her son produced on a kitchen table a "Giant Calendar", which hangs on the back of a door it is so big. Many who saw it said "this is a very useful tool where can we buy it?" So it was produced...
    Blumenhut Blumenhut
    51-55, F
    Nov 28, 2011

    I'm really glad... my father has been the

    recipient of a miracle! He was, essentially, a person without any abilities; he was unable to move anything on his left side, from his eyebrow down to his big toe. He also was very diminished on his right side. He suffered 2 severe subdural hematomas and the surgeries to...
    Nateindenver Nateindenver
    31-35, M
    Jan 25, 2016

    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

    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
    19 Responses Feb 2, 2012

    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
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Jul 12, 2013

    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
    1 Response Feb 4, 2013

    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

    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

    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
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 7, 2013

    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

    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
    1 Response Sep 28, 2014

    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


    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

    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
    26-30, M
    Jul 8, 2013

    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
    1 Response Mar 4, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Apr 12, 2012

    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

    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, 2014

    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Feb 24, 2012

    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
    6 Responses Apr 10, 2012

    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
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2013

    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
    4 Responses Jun 21, 2009

    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
    51-55, F
    3 Responses May 21, 2013

    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
    20 Responses May 7, 2008

    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
    Sep 27, 2011

    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Sep 18, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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
    1 Response Jul 23, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Nov 13, 2012

    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

    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

    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
    15 Responses Aug 17, 2011

    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
    Mar 9, 2012

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jan 13, 2013

    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
    4 Responses Sep 9, 2011

    I Did For a Long Time

    I took care of my Momma & Daddy both for years. I lived about a hundred miles away from Momma in 1996. I was chosen cause I was the youngest and had no family. I do not regret it at all. I took care of Momma for a yr...then Daddy got sick and I took care of them both. Daddy...
    mommatrish mommatrish
    46-50, F
    1 Response May 10, 2008

    Skype To Help Elderly Parents?

    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
    26-30, M
    Jul 8, 2013
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