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

the moment. Integrate humor in routine conversations. Depending on everyone's personality and constitution, try to insert appropriate humor into as many situations as possible.

9. Offer to help your Mom find quality, affordable in-home assistance whenever possible

Seniors will often 'do without' rather then getting help, possibly because they want to save money to leave for their children. Or they might fear that if they need help they may not be able to remain at home. A gentle reminder that you are willing to interview, and possibly help pay for, different service providers can encourage your Mom to get the help she needs.

10. Discuss issues of meaning and purpose

Sometimes it can be productive to avoid 'small talk' and allow your mother to 'tell her story.' Talk about issues that have brought meaning and purpose to her life. Try listening to what she has to say rather than focusing on what you think about the issue. Give her the gift of listening.

11. BONUS: Take care of yourself

We are as hard-wired to take care of our parents as they are hard-wired to take care of us. The stress of being an adult child family caregiver -- often in the 'sandwich generation' taking care of parents and teenagers -- is well documented. The more you take care of yourself, the stronger you will be as a family caregiver for Mom and the rest of your family.

About Dr. Dan Tobin

Dan Tobin, MD, is Founder and CEO of Care Support of America, a national family care manager service. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry (health psychology) at Dartmouth Medical School and the author of books and articles on eldercare issues and positive solutions to family caregiving problems.

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