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Interacting with someone who has Alzheimer's and depression

I'm visiting my grandfather for the weekend at his nursing home and I'm frequently at a loss for what to say and do with him. He's always been a quiet, stoic guy, but compounding that is the fact that he has Alzheimer's, major depression, and he lost his wife (my grandmother) six weeks ago. If I ask him what he'd like to do or where he'd want to go, he has no idea. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 13, 2013 - 24 answers

grandma and grandpa tourist

where to take the grandparents in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Jun 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Flipboard for grandparents

Flipboard for grandparents: Is there a simple way for my grandparents to browse multiple social media feeds on their new iPad? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Dec 29, 2012 - 5 answers

How to present surprise gift to grandparents

For Christmas, my family is endowing a college scholarship in my grandparents' name. My grandparents have no idea. How should we present this gift to them? [more inside]
posted by pear on Dec 21, 2012 - 12 answers

She's a talker. We're gonna need a lot of GBs.

My 80yr old grandma wants to record her memories. What is the best voice recorder for the task? [more inside]
posted by PorcineWithMe on Dec 1, 2012 - 13 answers

But Grandma, a lot has happened in the last 40 years...

Can you help me improve my relationship with my grandparents? They recently moved across the country to be closer to family (my parents, my sister and me + husband). We've grown apart since I transitioned from child to adult (which I think is fairly normal) and I was looking forward to having them in the same city to get closer again. This is turning out to be more difficult than originally premised. Special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by pallas14 on Sep 3, 2012 - 25 answers

What's important to prioritize when making decisions for the good of the family

Is it so important our child grow up near her grandparents that we give up the good life we have now? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Sep 2, 2012 - 72 answers

Help me support my dad after the death of both his parents.

My father's parents just passed away, two weeks apart exactly. How do I support my dad through this time? [more inside]
posted by dil.emma on Aug 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Worried about a worrier

My mother-in-law spends her life worrying about everything. She says she's happier than she's ever been. I think she needs help. [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Elderly grandparents and young children

How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Jun 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Was my grandmother calling me a cup of soup?

What was my Bubbe saying when she said "Teppeleh zoft"? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 22, 2012 - 9 answers

How can we reasonably intervene in our Grandpa's plans to remarry?

How can we reasonably intervene in our Grandpa's plans to remarry? [more inside]
posted by angsolom on Oct 4, 2011 - 48 answers

It's raining buckets here in Spruce Pine N.C. What fun inside things are around for two kids and two grandparents?

Help me find fun activities near Spruce Pine N.C. for two kids (6 & 4) and their grandparents when it's pouring down rain. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Tips to be a more proactive, interactive grandson in the context of Alzheimer's

Interactions with a grandparent suffering from Alzheimer's---suggestions and ideas for activities? (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on May 9, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I deal with my alcoholic parents?

What are my opinions for dealing with my alcoholic parents while they spend the week with us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2011 - 38 answers

If your kids have kids, I want to hear from you!

What's the deal with grandkids? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts on Apr 10, 2011 - 25 answers

What amazing things have you learned from your grandparents?

My grandmother, who I am close with and value deeply, is in her 90s and still sharp as a tack. What questions should I ask her about her life? [more inside]
posted by lalex on Mar 16, 2011 - 24 answers

How do I research assisted living facilities?

How do I go about researching specific assisted living facilities in Florida? My grandparents are considering two of them and want me to find out if they've had any complaints, lawsuits, regulatory violations, etc. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 1, 2011 - 4 answers

I will be getting more chicken piri-piri.

What to do in Portugal (with my grandparents)? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Jan 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Trying to avoid drama between protective mother and laid-back grandparents

Grandparents (my parents) want to take my precocious ~3 year old and his ~5 year old cousin out for the day, wife is nervous and wants me to go, but the grandparents are put off, how do I handle this diplomatically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 - 41 answers

Help Solve a 50 Year Old Family Mystery!

Help me find a vintage shaving brush set issued by the US Navy circa 1948-1950! [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra on Jul 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Grandparents Prefer the Beach

How do I deal with my child's grandparents preferring beach vacations to spending time with my child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2010 - 60 answers

It's been YEARS since they lost a kid, right?

What tips does the Hive Mind have for sending my 7-year old off as an unaccompanied minor on a cross-country airplane trip? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 30, 2010 - 33 answers

Lessons Learned

What are the most important and valuable things I can teach my new granddaughter? What endeared you the most to your grandmother?
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on May 13, 2010 - 60 answers

Darling, don't you go and cut his hair...

I'm pretty sure my mother gave our one year old his first haircut while my wife and I were at work, without our permission. She denies doing so. I'm not sure how we should handle this. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Apr 26, 2010 - 49 answers

Goin' to Grandma's House

When we have our baby later this spring, and after I go back to my p/t job, my mom is going to take care of our son a few days a week. I'm looking for tips on what sorts of "supplies" my parents should keep at their house and what we should shuttle back and forth. They'll have their own Pack & Play and their own carseat, but what else? Any other tips to make this as easy as possible for everyone would be much appreciated, too.
posted by trillian on Apr 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Big man scary!

My baby is terrified of her grandfather. What can we do to get her to like him a bit better? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Grandparents that ignore granddaughter: how to deal?

How do I deal with my child coming in last with her grandparents? [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Feb 20, 2010 - 49 answers

Help my grandparents connect to the internet!

My aunt is asking for recommendations for wireless routers for my grandparents' computers. I don't know much about routers and my aunt knows less. Can you give me some advice/info that I can pass along? [more inside]
posted by Nolechick11 on Feb 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Nursing Home Hacks

What are some good nursing home/hospital hacks? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Nov 5, 2009 - 21 answers

Interviews, Research & Archiving, oh my!

I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Aug 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Where to take my grandparents to Lunch in Seattle?

Where can I take my grandparents out to lunch in North Seattle that isn't Marie Callendar's? [more inside]
posted by evinrude on Aug 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Care no more to clothe and eat

I am considering going to live with my 83 year-old grandmother, whom we think has some kind of (not yet diagnosed) dementia, in a year or so. She lives 500 miles from my friends and family. I know caring for her will be hard; how can I prepare? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Aug 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Surviving the weekend with my cranky right-wing grandparents.

My elderly grandparents live 45 minutes south of Orlando. My husband and I are visiting them next weekend. What do we do while we're there to minimize drama and maybe have a bit of fun? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 7, 2009 - 23 answers

To Grandmother's block we go?

Trying to decide just how close to move to our kid's (very enthusiastic) grandparents. If you've experienced the childrearing-with-nearby-grands situation (as kid, grand OR parent), how did it work out? Any advice on encouraging involvement while still maintaining boundaries? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 4, 2009 - 21 answers

How much do I owe my parents?

I'm having a baby girl any week now, and I couldn't be more excited, but it's left me thinking a lot about whether or not I want my parents involved in my daughter's life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 - 19 answers

How to resolving a conflict with my family over the care of our toddler?

My parents have been gracious enough to take care of my 19 month old boy in the morning while my wife and I are at work. Turns out, there has been more than a bit of tension brewing and this weekend, it boiled over. There was yelling, accusations tears etc. Help me solve this family dispute please... [more inside]
posted by pazoozoo on Jan 18, 2009 - 39 answers

How can we keep anxiety down with uninvited vistors to the hospital?

New baby + uninvited family visitors = drama. More hormone-charged details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 - 64 answers

Bragging rights at the old folks home...

Would Barack Obama be the first president with a living grandparent? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds on Mar 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Quality intergenerational time that transcends disabilities

What activities can I initiate with my substantially-deaf, substantially-blind grandfather? [more inside]
posted by moreandmoreso on Oct 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Was this dude my great-grandfather...or an IMPOSTOR?!

If my maternal grandfather was my (alleged?) great-grandfather's biological son, why would his last name be different from both of his parents'? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Sep 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Should I visit my almost estranged grandmother?

I'm moving across the country. I haven't seen my 70 year old grandmother in 5 or 6 years. Should I make the effort to go out of my way and see her before being thousands of miles away? Of course, there's quite a bit [more inside]
posted by plaingurl on Jul 13, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I tell her Grandma doesn't love her?

My (widowed) father is divorcing his wife. Dad married her when my daughter was a toddler so she’s the only Grandma she’s had. Grandma has no interest in remaining friendly with our family. How do we tell our daughter that she won’t see her Grandma again without breaking her heart? [more inside]
posted by Mamapotomus on Apr 11, 2007 - 26 answers

What software do I need to troubleshoot Grandma's PC?

I'm going to visit my grandparents, who want me to look at their slow-running PC. What software should I bring with me? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 13, 2007 - 23 answers

Help me plan a great Atlanta - Arkansas roadtrip with my grandparents...

Road trip! Atlanta to Arkansas in early April. My grandparents will be visiting from California and my husband and I are taking my them on what will most likely be their last trip back to the homes of their youth in Wesson, Arkansas (near El Dorado). With an 800-mile trip one way, we'll spend over a week on the trip, and will probably have to stop overnight somewhere on the way -- Jackson? Natchez? any suggestions for where to sleep or must-see stops on the way? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Mar 1, 2007 - 10 answers

What should I install on my granfather's new computer?

I just got my grandfather a new computer. How can I make that computer useful and fun? [more inside]
posted by ye#ara on Feb 1, 2007 - 11 answers

Should I tell my grandparents I'm gay?

Should I tell my grandparents I'm gay? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter on Jan 21, 2007 - 41 answers

What duty do I have to my grandfather (or, more generally, to my extended family)?

FamilyEthicsFilter: What duty do I have to my grandfather (or, more generally, to my extended family)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2006 - 17 answers

Grandparent timeshare?

Polling all grandparents - would you be willing to move/spend part of the year in a different city in order to spend lots of time with, and provide daycare for, your grandkids? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Oct 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Possibility of UK citizenship?

PieInTheSkyFilter: I've heard tell of the possibility of attaining UK citizenship if your grandparents were born there. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by purephase on Aug 26, 2005 - 13 answers

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