It's never easy for a loved one to go into hospice. They may have a serious illness or condition that makes the entire circumstance upsetting or emotional.
For many people, death and dying are taboo subjects. They aren't discussed openly around the dinner table, and when someone is in a position of dying, it can be isolating because of the perceived taboo. Whether you're considering hospice for yourself or a loved one or just planning ahead for the future, though, being able to talk about dying with your loved ones can be important.
Becoming a primary caregiver for your aging parent or other older adult loved one is an honorable choice, and it can be one with many benefits. This can be a time in your life when you're able to give back to someone who has always cared for you, and you may find that you can become closer or remain closer to a loved one, even as your relationship evolves.
Respite care is an option offered by many assisted living communities year-round. But this opportunity can be especially appealing to families during the warmer months when kids are off school — or making the transition back to school.
The COVID-19 pandemic reduced social activity for many people for a year or more. While lockdowns may have lifted in most locations throughout 2020 and 2021, many people made personal choices to remain at home or limit social interactions for their own safety.