Staying in touchPressmaster/ShutterstockTalking by phone is great, but it’s not the same as being able to see your parent. Thanks to Skype, FaceTime, and other video chat platforms, with a camera phone or webcam, you can feel like you’re sitting across from your parents in the living room. They’ll also enjoy seeing the grandkids, the family pet, or other relatives and friends who stop in to say hello. (Make sure you share these 50 tricks to stop feeling lonely with your parents, too.) Not only will these video connections allow you to feel closer—less disconnected, if you will—but you can also look for visual cues as to your parent’s well-being. The key is convincing them to adapt to these technologies along with you. You might have to invest some time into teaching him or her how to operate an iPad or a smart phone, for example, but the effort is well worth it. Share these hilarious cartoons for technophobes to lighten the mood during your lessons.
Researching care optionsUber Images/ShutterstockImagine a scenario in which your aging parent requires care or housing, and you live out of state and are unable to travel to tour local facilities or make arrangements. This is the reality for many adult children, especially those who have their own families to take care of or can’t get time off of work. Luckily, there are more resources online than ever before for researching and connecting with senior communities and care providers, so at least the initial part of your research can be done remotely. During your research, you should also look out for these signs your parents' doctor is trustworthy.
Touching base with a caregiverPhotographee.eu/ShutterstockEven if you can’t be there for your parents, you can still keep tabs on how the caregiver is doing. For instance, the app Honor will tell you when the caregiver arrives and leaves, plus leave a message saying how the visit went. Make sure to ask your parents' caretaker to watch out for these signs of bed sores.
Connecting with the caregiving communityWAYHOME studio/ShutterstockBeing a caregiver can be hard at times. There are many moments in which you might need advice or support, or simply to commiserate with others who are going through a similar situation with their senior parents. That’s why many are turning to blogs, online communities, and social media to connect, whether it’s via a Twitter chat session (like the bi-monthly #ElderCareChat), or reaching out to Facebook friends. You'll be thankful you had somewhere to turn for advice like how to connect with a loved one who has Alzheimer's.
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