Caring For Elderly Parents

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Overcoming The Challenges Of Caring For Elderly Parents

Caring for aging parents can prove challenging for most people, even if they’re already prepared for the ordeal. Although most people choose to leave their parents in the hands of caretakers and/or nursing homes, those who want their parent to have the best retirement possible take their care into their own hands.

 

Caregiving, whether for a parent or a child, doesn’t come without responsibilities. As the caretaker of a senior, you need to have access to their personal and medical records, in addition to several senior-oriented services to ensure their well-being and safety.

 

Some people, however, might be unable to handle the stress. If you are a caretaker of your aging parent, there’s ways to cope with your caring elderly parents situation.

 

Overcoming challenges of senior caregiving

 

Senior caregiving is challenging, though there are ways child caregivers can relieve their stress from taking care of their parents. Here are a few solutions to help you cope with the challenges of caring for aging parents.

 

  • Collect your thoughts and relax. It’s important to set aside time for yourself by clearing your mind and relaxing. This helps you maintain positive thoughts, essentially preventing you from succumbing to stress.

 

  • Talk to others. Talk to others about the caregiving process—whether they’re a friend, neighbors or acquaintance. You should learn as much caring elderly parents information as possible, especially to prepare you for sudden events.

 

  • Understand your feelings about the ordeal. If you can’t understand why you may feel lost and defeated, those same emotions may overtake you. Take a few moments of your free time to learn more about your feelings—after all, don’t forget to take care of yourself.

 

  • Talk to your parent. Your relationship with your aging parent should remain strong. Therefore, it’s important to communicate with them—about your feelings, about their feelings and whatever you feel necessary to share with them. It’s that relationship that will keep you and your parent happy throughout the caregiving process.

 

Taking care of your aging parent isn’t hard. Always take time to take care of yourself and establish a strong relationship with your elderly parents, so both of you can live well.

8 Comments

  • Interesting how we can all reach a breaking point and feel lost. Your posts show that all of your topics can be dealt with if we can let our wits relax. That’s the hard part. Have experienced all of this. You understand. Enjoy your site. Thanks.

  • Cindy says:

    I hold my aged mother’s Power of Attorney. She has a mixed dementia so is unable to make rational decisions about health care, money, etc. At this point in her dementia process, she tends to exhibit many challenging behaviors. I know that she is hurting because of the many changes she has experienced. Unfortunately, she is argumentative, threatening, and says hurtful things when upset or wants to try to get others to do something that is not in her best interest. I understand that this is not her fault: it is a function of her disease process. I surround myself with a field of loving, white light and do belly breathes to protect myself from this type of behavior. I reassure her that I love her, no matter what. The most cruel part of dementia is that the person is trapped and knows it.

    • Wendy K says:

      Cindy I really feel for you. Yes it is part of the aging process and dementia. It is somewhat normal for elderly people to become very irritable and sometimes even mean. It really makes it so hard. It must be really difficult to deal with her as she can be hurtful. Yes, it isn’t her fought, but it still hurts. It is so difficult for the caregivers and family members. I’m so sorry. I love, love, love that you are spiritual and surround yourself with the white light. I’m a huge believer as well. God bless you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Howard Jaros says:

    Hi Wendy! I am dealing with the start of elder care and I appreciate your insight into the situation. My folks still have their facilties, but at 82 and 87 I know what’s coming. The hardest thing is they don’t want to talk about the future and what is next. Thanks for the info!

  • Great site thank you Wendy, I have been in this position now a couple of times and if you don’t take some time out for you I can honestly say you can become very emotionally drained. The first time was with my grandmother which I don’t regret more a minute, I was there for her 100% and feel very priviledged that I had that opportunity and so did my children. Thanks again :)

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