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Caring for Parents: It's a New Role, Not Reversed Roles


As an adult child, it can be challenging to know when, and how, to step in and become more involved in your parent’s care.

Put simply, when you notice your parent struggling, they could benefit from more support. This is the time to think differently about your relationship with that parent and how you would like to step into a new role as their caregiver.

5 Ways to Approach Aging Alone Proactively

Aging brings on many changes that could contribute to loneliness. Family and friends move or pass away. We develop difficulty with mobility – especially when we can no longer drive safely. Our physical condition changes – hearing loss, low vision, incontinence. No matter our circumstances now, there is no guarantee that we will not be alone in our later years – whether ‘never married’ or married with no children, divorced or widowed. We may outlive or become estranged from our immediate families.

How to Talk to Your Older Loved One About Driving... Without Upsetting Them


There is no age at which a person living in Kentucky must stop driving, but there is a time in each of our lives when we should stop driving. When is it time to stop? It's never an easy call.

As caregivers, we're rightfully concerned about the safety of our loved one and the safety of others.

​Driving is a complex endeavor. It requires focus and concentration at all times. Is your older loved one up to the task?

Be prepared

An important doctrine in caregiving is to be prepared and develop a readiness for what lies ahead. Identifying the resources and services available to help make your caregiving duties more manageable is paramount. According the 2017 AP-NORC’s Long Term Care Survey, over half of the potential caregivers surveyed feel ill-prepared to take care of their aging parents.

Celebrating the Working Caregiver

Celebrating the Working Caregiver
October is National Work and Family Month. The UK elder care program would like to recognize and thank all of our working caregivers. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, more than 1 in 6 working Americans are caregivers. Being a caregiver for an older loved one is a daunting task. Being a working caregiver can be overwhelming.

November 30: Two great events in one full-day conference

In celebration of November as National Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we're hosting the Senior Caregiving Conference.

 

This conference is open to the public and includes two great events held concurrently on Friday, November 30. Registration opens October 10, 2018. Mark your calendars! 

6 Ways to Help Older Loved Ones Feel Less Isolated

Loneliness and isolation are growing health threats for many of our older loved ones, and the condition often goes unnoticed and untreated.

Despite the high-tech, hyper-connected age we live in, research shows that we, as a society, are lonelier than we have ever been. And those most affected are our older loved ones. Close to half of all US seniors feel the effects of isolation that living alone can bring.

Benefits of Exercising for Caregivers

Note from Terri Weber, UK Elder Care Coordinator: I would like to thank Ryan Mason, MS, CSCS, and Exercise Physiology PhD Candidate at the UK Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, for being our guest blogger for June/July.  Ryan is also a Health and Wellness Program Exercise Specialist with UK Health & Wellness. Thank you Ryan for sharing your expertise with us!