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How To Care For Aging Parents

Watch more Aging & Health videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Follow these steps to care for your elderly parents and still maintain your own health and peace of mind. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Visit, listen, discuss Visit often and talk with your parents. Address healthcare, financial, and housing issues for when they will require more care than you can provide. Step 2: Get support Ask a neighbor or sibling to check on your parents often in your absence. Educate the helper about any medication schedule. Step 3: Buy comfortable clothes Buy parents plastic-waist pants, slip on shoes, and other clothing with Velcro closures to make getting dressed easier. Tip Accept that you are becoming a surrogate parent to your own parents, and that it will be hard for all of you. Step 4: Prevent burnout Accept help and take breaks from your parents. You need to manage your strength because they rely on your staying healthy. Step 5: Take the keys Guide parents to avoid all but necessary driving. If necessary, have the doctor direct them to quit driving, or disable the car. Step 6: Safety check their house Inspect the house to confirm smoke alarms and locks work, and that parents keep medical alert buttons on them or within reach at all times. Tip Don't listen to others' opinions of your efforts, especially if they come from uninvolved siblings who do not understand your situation. Step 7: Educate yourself Educate yourself on senior services and alternative living facilities in the event your parents have to give up their home. Step 8: Consult elder care attorney Consult an elder care attorney who can advise on a detailed will and set up power of attorney and advance medical directives. Post these in a prominent place in their home. Did You Know? Recent surveys suggest 22 million U.S. households -- nearly one in four -- are caring for someone 50 or older.
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