Aging Parents: Caring For Their Needs

Due to increased longevity, more adults nowadays find themselves as caregivers for an aging family member, such as caring for aging parents while trying to balance other obligations and concerns. It can be quite a challenging responsibility, with research showing 85% of caregivers reporting negative impacts on their own health while 86% wish they had more support available to them.

While adult children may notice their aging parents needing assistance well before it becomes glaring, for many this occurs gradually. To help your senior stay safely at home as long as possible and to ensure family members remain vigilant for signs that something has changed for the worse, have a plan in place and monitor for signs that a change has taken place in their situation.

For instance, if your usually elegant mother no longer takes baths regularly or your sociable father starts declining social invitations, these could be early indicators that their ability to function independently is beginning to diminish. Reviewing legal documents and life insurance policies as well as providing emergency medical support could also be worthwhile steps in order to monitor any decline.

Lum emphasizes the importance of approaching this issue with calm and respectful conversations, without accusing or blaming one or both parents, in order to minimize resistance or the possibility of damage in relationships as they come to understand they need assistance. This will reduce resistance as they come to terms with needing your support.