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10 Ways to Care for Mom on Mother's Day
Date:4/29/2009

From Dr. Dan Tobin, Family Caregiving Expert and Founder of Care Support of America

NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- "Thirty million baby boomers are caring for their aging parents -- often their widowed or single Moms -- often from far away," says Dan Tobin, MD, Founder and CEO of Care Support of America and a nationally recognized expert in eldercare, family caregiving, and family dynamics. "This can be extraordinarily stressful for all involved."

"This Mother's Day, give your Mom the best gift of all -- caring. Adult children sometimes cannot come to terms with how their mothers are aging, so they ignore some of the positive, proactive steps they can take to make their Moms' lives better."

Here are Dr. Tobin's 10 "gift ideas" to help make Mom's life better this Mother's Day:

1. Commit to spending routine, scheduled, quality time with your Mom

No matter how far away your mother is, visiting her on a regular basis, as well as making regular phone calls, will help you 'be there' for her, and monitor how she is doing in her daily activities. When you are with her, try to find activities that she enjoys and do them together regularly, along with other family members.

2. See your Mom the way she is now

Try to see your mother as she is in the present and not how she was in the past or how you would like her to be. Take the time to see how she is adapting to the practical, emotional, and financial challenges of aging and possibly living alone. By focusing on the present, and seeing clearly, you'll have a better grasp on how you and your family can tangibly be of help.

3. Help your Mom stay connected to others

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