What are the first preparations I need to have in place for my parents?
- Take a look at our Recommended Legal and Medical Documents page.
How can we possibly pay for this? What help is available?
- Look for suggestions in our Financing and Government Programs page.
What housing options do we have? Are services available at home?
- We have information on several levels of care in our Housing and Service Choices page.
What help can you offer me as I care for my parents?
- Visit our Caregivers: How to Help page for some ideas.
What can you tell me about Alzheimer’s Disease?
- We have an overview of the disease on our Alzheimer’s and Dementia page.
How can I help my parents at the end of their life?
- We discuss Hospice and Palliative Care on our End of Life page.
Your parents are older and no longer able to manage everything on their own, or at least you see that time rapidly approaching. You have kids of your own, and maybe grandkids, and all of the business of a full life – how are you supposed to have the time to figure everything out? All Things Aging Parents was designed by people who have lived out what you are now working through. It’s because of our experience that we know the kinds of questions you are asking yourself, and the panic that can cause.
All Things Aging Parents (ATAP) was created to be your reference clearinghouse for, well, all the things you need to know about your aging parents. Instead of you having to do hours of research to find the solution for your parents’ needs, we’ve done the work for you. We want to help you find customized ideas, because when it comes to parents there is no “one size fits all” answer. In order to help find solutions in your desired location you can simply give us your city or zip code on any page and results (when possible) will be catered to your location. Rest assured, we are not going to require your phone number or email address to access our information. We just want to make it easy for you.
"Even though we know our parents we may not be aware of their values when it comes to end-of-life decisions. Part of being able to successfully advocate for care that will be in line with our parent's wishes means we have to talk with them first. The forms that document the wishes expressed in these conversations are called “advance directives.” . . . " Read more insights.
We don’t claim to know it all. We want to be the “Cliffs Notes” for your research, and we will provide links for you to go deeper. And you can help. You have learned things that we haven’t. If you want to suggest a topic for us to include, please use our comment box to let us know.
Finally, we are here to help you help your parents. Our desire is to be a source of information that you can digest with ease at this stressful time of life, without the worries of having to give your personal information out. This is why we are a free and open site for all who need it. We thank our sponsors for making this possible. Sponsorships are still available. Become a sponsor now!.