Family life is filled with moments, events, and experiences big and small. Some activities—and the memories they produce—are bigger than others, but they are all important. Parents might lament all the soccer games and birthday parties they endure over the years, but someday, their kids grow up and those activities fade away. Family events and activities are meant to be cherished not just by you and your kids, but also by your senior parents whenever they possibly can be included.
Many times, medical concerns and complications happen more frequently as seniors age. Many seniors require the assistance of prescription or over-the-counter medications to combat symptoms of illness or pain. Even the healthiest of seniors can find themselves at the doctor’s office with an infection that requires antibiotics. However, with the addition of medication to a senior’s daily routine, some can end up taking medicines incorrectly.
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.
Every day is a perfect day to celebrate the contributions that grandparents make in our lives, but Sunday, September 10 is designated officially as Grandparents Day. Why not take advantage of this special day to enjoy some intergenerational family time together, making memories and passing down a few traditions? Here are a few ways that you can get your entire family involved in celebrating all things grandparents, no matter where Grandma lives.
Likely you’ve seen the news reports: President George Bush Sr., 92, was hospitalized earlier this month due to pneumonia. And just four days after he entered the hospital, his wife Barbara Bush was also admitted due to viral bronchitis.
It was not a coincidence. When a senior becomes ill, it’s very common for his or her spouse to get sick soon after, due to fatigue and stress, says Francine O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Resident Care for The Arbor Company.
“We see this often, especially with couples that have been married for 40, 50 or more years,” said Francine. “And sometimes the caregiver becomes more ill than the person he or she was caring for.”
If your parent is in the process of moving into a senior living community, emotions are likely running high for you and for your parent. As you work with your parent to downsize their possessions and sell their home, you may feel like you are closing a major chapter in your family life. However, it is important to note that your parent is also embarking on a new and exciting chapter as they move into their new senior living community home.
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.