Caring for Aging Parents

Woman Hugging Her Mother

It is typical for aging parents to maybe ask for an occasional favor, but most won’t ask their adult children for help with the house or with their daily activities, even though they may actually need it. Instead, they’re likely to adjust or adapt their needs or their activities. They might just do their tasks more slowly, they may use an adaptive device such as a reacher, or they might agree to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace.

The problem is, they may not be admitting to their “kids” that they are having trouble with some things, such as remembering when to take medication, or tripping and dropping things, or they are not eating regularly. They may see these things as none of the kids’ business or they themselves may be in denial about what’s happening.

It can be that the adult children are in denial too. It can be hard to acknowledge that a parent is declining and needs more help. Family roles begin shifting and the children are put in the position of providing support and care for the parent or finding other help. It’s a good idea to take a look at your parent’s situation and ask some questions that may not be easy. Look not only at safety and health issues, but also look for indications that your parent is having any trouble with functioning on a daily basis. Also look at whether their socialization and spiritual needs are being met. You will want to look at the entire physical, emotional and social picture to get an understanding of just how they are doing on every level.

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