Author: Cynthia Wilson
I'm a working wife and mom who takes care of an aging parent. Only I began doing it full-time, in my home, when I was in my mid-thirties, single and about to make a career change. Thirteen years later, mom is still living with me and I expect it to be that way until one of us leaves this earth. It hasn't always been easy managing her care. (I've helped my mother recover from surgery, and a major injury that required a nursing home stay, as well as the death of my younger brother after a long illness.) But caring for her has been worth it because I know that my assistance means she enjoys a better quality of life as she ages. I hope the experiences and information that I share will help you manage,with grace, the changes that take place in your life as you assume the responsibility of being your parent's caregiver. If you have a question you think I can answer, please contact me at

Mom needed help at home but didn’t want a stranger

My mom was in her 50s when we first looked into hiring a home health aide to help her around the house.  Unlike the typical elderly or senior person most home attendants are called to care for, mom was still

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Are 73-year old woman’s sexual comments harassment or sign of dementia?

A reader contacted me recently to ask for advice dealing with an elderly neighbor who constantly makes sexually inappropriate comments.  It seems the 73-year old can’t help talking about the reader’s buttocks  when they meet or talk on the phone

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Nursing home staff cuts could affect the care your loved one receives

I read something recently about a trend in nursing home care that  concerned me.  Many facilities are cutting staff in the wake of declining admissions as state and federal governments cut funding to Medicare and Medicaid programs and more senior

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A disconnected cell can help save your life

Did you know that a disconnected cell phone could save your life? A police officer once told me that a cell phone doesn’t have to be activated to dial 911 as long as the battery on the phone is charged. 

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Increase bathroom safety for the elderly


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Home safety tips for the elderly


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Love, marriage and the other elder care giver

Lets be real.  No man really wants to live with their mother-in-law.  Nonetheless, my husband Rod has shared our home with my elderly and disabled mother  since we said our  I dos. During these eight years we’ve bickered about a

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Protect aging parents and elderly from acquaintance theft

During a recent walk around their neighborhood my sister-in-law’s mother and her  home health aide made an unscheduled stop at the bank to withdraw $300. When they returned the home attendant told my sister-in-law that her mother had gotten away

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Getting Started

So you’ve finally decided it’s time to take a more active role in your parents care.  Perhaps you’ve already assumed responsibility for making sure the bills are paid on time.  You may also accompany your mom or dad on doctor’s

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Working and being a caregiver is hard but doable

Lately I’ve been thinking about when I first moved mom into my home and the impact it had on my life.  Like I said before, I was 35, single and making a career change. That in and of itself was

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