What Can You Do for Aging Parents?

February 28, 2020

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We like to think of our parents is immortal, but the fact is they are as human as everyone else, and as they get older, they may need a little more help in day to day life. 

If you want to look after your aging parents, but you lead a busy life yourself, perhaps juggling work commitments with caring for your own children, it may seem like an impossible task, but here are some things you can do to make it possible:

Schedule in visits

Loneliness and boredom are two of the most common, and most upsetting issues faced by older people in society, so it’s really important that you make an effort to visit your parents regularly. If you find it difficult to make time for this, try adding it to your schedule. If it’s there and planned for, you’ll find it far easier to juggle, and if you really can’t visit, at least make sure your parents have a device capable of making video chats, so you can keep in touch that way.

Encourage them to go out and about

Another thing you can do to help with loneliness and boredom is to encourage your elderly parents to attend social clubs and events aimed at older people. Most towns and cities have a range of activities from knitting clubs to choirs that encourage older people to come along and have fun, and taking some time to research them for your parents could give them a positive new lease on life.

Of course, you should also do what you can to ensure they can attend family events, whether that means ensuring they always get an invite or driving them too and from the family parties.

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Advocate for Them

As your parents get older, they may not be able to look after their best interests as well as they once could. If this is the case, you should step in, whether that means getting power of attorney to protect their finances or researching the best care homes so that you can avoid the fate that befell the poor people who were part of the genesis lawsuit. Your parents may pushback on this, but if you’re sure they can’t make decisions on their own, you need to convince them to accept health. Obviously, if they are still perfectly capable of making their own decisions, you DO need to step back.

Make their home safe

Senior citizens are more vulnerable in their own homes than younger people. Not only could something serious like a burglary affect their self-confidence more than it might a younger person, but there tend to be lots of fall risks that could see them become seriously unwell should they fall over them, for example., So, when you have a day or so free, why not head over and ensure that they have decent security and a home that is as safe for them as possible?

Get them help

If your parents are really struggling, hiring someone to care for them professionally may be the best thing you can do for them, should you not be able to do so yourself. There is no shame in this, and as long as you vet the carers thoroughly, it should be a positive thing for you all.

Take good care of your parents - they took such good care of you!

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