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Understanding how relationships change as your parents age and how you can manage the challenges that arise

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What shall we do about Christmas?

At this time of year I would normally be pointing to our invaluable posts about how to get through Christmas with a houseful of guests and minimum stress, especially if your guests include those living with dementia. This year anxiety comes in very different ways. Who to have in our bubble? How to manage a much […]

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Helping Your Parents Enjoy Their Retirement

Collaborative Post There are different cycles we go through when it comes to the relationship we have with our parents. When we’re younger, they look after us. When we’re older, it becomes more of a friendship. And then when they’re older, we have to do our bit to make sure that they’re happy and living […]

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How to Choose Affordable High Gloss Laminate Flooring

Collaborative Post In any family home, every penny matters. Sometimes, we need to treat ourselves and redecorate our home, but this can be an expensive task. How do you afford the new furniture for a baby arriving? What kind of flooring is going to be the most cost-effective? High gloss laminate flooring is one of […]

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Christmas celebrations and dementia

Christmas and other family celebrations can be an overwhelming time for someone living with dementia. A sudden influx of friends and family can cause individuals to feel stressed, agitated and confused. Active Minds outline their top tips for supporting your loved one through the Christmas period, ensuring you enjoy a magical festive time together. Planning […]

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When helpers become the enemy

This week’s storyteller is Sally.After years of being his wife’s carer, Sally’s father began to believe that everyone coming into his home wanted to poison him or steal his treasures. In this first part of her story, Sally describes how her father slipped into delusional paranoia and how his family struggled to help. After more […]

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No more digging

My dad has always loved his garden, and I’ve always assumed that he will be tending it to the end. So it took me a long time to realise that despite all the treatment and care he’s received for problems large and small over the last few years, he’s not going to get back out […]

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Tips for caring from a distance

Helping parents who don’t live just round the corner is more complicated, but there are many things that we can do to ease their situation. Sally offers some tips gleaned from her experience of supporting a mother with physical needs and a father with mental challenges, both at the same time. It is possible to […]

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