Your Aging Parent: Do They Need Help?

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Helping Grandmother Walk When your parent or loved one reaches a certain age, his/her health, mobility, and general well-being may begin to decline. As much as you may want to, you may not be able to provide the care he or she needs, especially on a daily basis.

So while your parent seems independent, happy and healthy, sometimes the opposite is true:

MYTH #1 – Mom eats well.

TRUTH – Mom can no longer stand and prepare meals. She eats cereal, crackers, bread, and jelly; things that she doesn’t have to cook. She does not like the home delivered meals you have arranged for and seldom eats them.

MYTH #2 – Dad does a good job of taking care of his personal hygiene.

TRUTH – It has become too difficult to get in the tub or shower without assistance, so Dad takes sponge baths. He cannot lean over to wash his hair, and can only…

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