Your aging parents might not be able to do everything they once did, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for them to give up on mastering new skills. Physical and mental activity can improve your parents’ health and quality of life, help them live longer, and make sure they always have something interesting to do.
A popular Facebook meme reminds us that the “old man” walking around town with his military hat was once tougher than anyone we know. On Veterans Day, the reminder is especially poignant. You might never know of the heroic actions a veteran has taken and never have any idea how the ravages of war haunt him or her. No matter where you land on the political spectrum, the willingness of a human being to put his or her life on the line for his or her fellow citizens deserves acknowledgment.
So often, adult children will say they “want to do what’s right” in support of an aging parent. They want to provide all the care and support possible, but sometimes it gets to be too much. There comes a point where outside help, or even a change to a more suitable living situation, may be in order.
You may know that it is time to start having “the conversation” with your aging parent about discussing senior living options. Even better, you know that senior living for this generation far exceed those of years past - there’s more options to cater to more preferences, more challenges and more concerns. Thankfully, options today feature everything from beautiful and spacious apartments to care coordination to keep residents and families on the same page.
There was once a time, not so long ago, when caring for an aging parent or loved one from miles away was almost impossible. Thankfully, the addition of technology has been a time-saver and worry-reducer for most loving children who are states, or countries, away from their aging parent. If you haven’t had the chance to try out some of the available technology to make long-distance caregiving easier, take time to look at this list of some of our favorites. Use one or all of them to make your situation a bit easier and your time more about your relationship and less about your extra responsibilities.
Attempting to stay connected to your aging loved one’s care and daily routine can seem daunting if you live miles away. Thankfully, today’s technology has provided resources for families similar to yours. With a few apps and webpages, you can stay on top of your loved one’s needs and preferences, which can keep you able to advocate for their best care. To best arm you with resources for families that make long distance caregiving easier, here are a few of our favorites to get you started.