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Support for the Care Giver

Engaging outside help, such as in-home care, creates a much better emotional climate and a more normal relationship among the generations

Difficult Conversations - Giving Up the Car

An elderly loved one may resist when a family member raises concerns about his or her driving because he or she wants to remain independent as long as possible. For an elderly driver, surrendering the car keys signifies a lifestyle change, affecting where the senior lives, who he or she sees and which activities he or she pursues. A senior may feel devastated and afraid of losing control and autonomy. Therefore, it’s important to consider his or her viewpoint and understand his or her concerns about handing over the keys.

Today's Challenges with Care of Our Parents

Our longer lifespan. A century ago, the average life expectancy was around 50 years. Today, the average is 78.8 years—which means that plenty of us will live into our 90s and even achieve centenarian status. But experts tell us that these bonus years may be marked by poor health and disability. It's increasingly likely that if we find ourselves needing care at age 75, we still might be caring for an elderly parent.

Easing the Burden of Family Carers

Approximately 274,000 family carers throughout Ireland offer home care to their ill, disabled or aging spouse, but often at the risk of stress-related conditions including anxiety, depression, headaches, backaches and sleep deprivation. Eventually, care for an ailing loved one can lead to burnout in which the carer is depleted physically, mentally and emotionally.

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