Aging comes with its own set of physical and medical issues. However, it can also come with extra stress, crisis, and emotionally charged decisions which can lead to heated disagreements between siblings, parents, and other family members. If you find yourself in the midst of an escalated debate about senior care issues, it can make for stressful family gatherings and can cause major family rifts if not handled correctly. Here are a few of our tips for calming the storm of senior care disputes between family members.
If you find yourself caring for an aging parent or loved one, you may feel isolated or alone. You may also feel uneducated and overwhelmed with new medical terminology and treatment plans. However, there are plenty of places for you to go to learn about caregiving and to find support from peers who are living it too. You just have to know where to look. Take a deep breath, and consider starting with a few of our favorite books and resources for caregivers.
If you thought that having a difference of opinions with your parents ended at your teenage years, you may be surprised to find yourself getting frustrated with them as they age. However, between the emotions of watching them get older, the strain of providing more and more help with household or personal duties, and old family dynamics that come into play, your parents may just seem to be driving you crazy.
Don’t fear, caring child, you aren’t doomed to a strained relationship with your aging parent. Here are a few ways to help yourself calm down and improve the dynamic that happens as your parents age.
As a caregiver to an aging adult, rest assured, at some point you’ll need to find a geriatrician, an adult day program, or the like. Happily, there are loads of Federal, state and community agency programs and services geared to seniors -- it’s just a matter of knowing where they are. To help you zero in on great community resources for elderly folks and their families, we’ve come up with a few ideas.
You may break out in a sweat at the very thought of discussing senior living with your parents. But even if they are fiercely independent, avoiding this emotionally loaded topic is not in anyone’s best interests, especially if their health is on the wane. Resources for families who need guidance through these difficult conversations can be hard to find. With that in mind, we’ve come up this guide to help you talk to your parents about senior living options.