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Caring for aging parents is just one way to return the love that you received over all the years. Caring for aging parents isn’t always easy though. You have a busy routine and a life of your own. It’s hard enough to take care of yourself and your family without the added responsibility of caring for aging parents. Here are some tips to care for older parents in their time of need.
Assess Their Needs
Aging parents need varying levels of care and to support your parents you may or may not need the following type of help:
- driving to and from doctor’s appointments, grocery, etc.
- cooking meals
- light housekeeping
- reminders of when to take medication
- personal hygiene/grooming
- social activities/interaction
Depending on where your parents are in the aging process, you can decide what care they need and what they might need in the near future.
Making Joint Decisions
Your parents may want to be involved in the decisions surrounding their care. It’s hard to have a discussion with your parents about their aging, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. When you bring your parents in on the decisions, they will feel that they have more control over their own lives.
Figuring Out Your Own Needs
You also need to think about your own needs and the needs of your spouse and/or children. How much time can you reasonably offer to your aging parents to dedicate to their care? Are you able to handle the duties of caring for your parents or is it too difficult for you to handle by yourself. There’s no shame in admitting that something causes you stress. There is help for adult children of older parents.
You may want to consider getting a few extra hands to help you care for your aging parents. There is a Meals on Wheels service that can deliver hot meals to your parents several times a day. There are visiting caregivers who can come in daily or a couple times a week to do light housekeeping. You can also enlist the help of younger neighbors to drive your parents to the grocery store or for short walks in the park. Speak to your parents’ doctor because doctor often know of resources that you aren’t aware of.
Preventive Health Care
Remember that your parents don’t need to age at a steady decline. There are things you can still do to slow down the aging process. For one thing, consider a natural health supplement that supports cognitive function. As your parents have gotten older, you’ve probably noticed that their memory isn’t as good as it used to be. A good supplement can help to improve the memory and the all the cognitive functions of the brain.
If your parents choose to age in place, these are all good things you can do to help support that decision while still making sure your parents are safe and well taken care of. Remember that you don’t have to do it alone. There are people and organizations to help you through this process.