As your parents get older, their health is going to deteriorate – it is an inevitable part of the aging process. This is going to be a tough time for everyone involved .
Your parents will feel like they are losing part of their independence.
And you will gradually change roles, from child to caregiver. Which can cause a lot of friction for everyone involved.
Remember when you were a teenager in school and your parents asked you how school was for the day? Fine was the standard answer. In many ways your parents will resort to that same line of logic. Fine will become the new norm to any question you may bring up.
And when their world is “fine” in their eyes, they may miss or even hide things from you, their friends and loved ones, and even their doctors and other professional resources.
Which is why its now your time to step up to the plate. It is important that you be an advocate for your parents, whether you live far away or just next door. You need to be a voice for them when they are unable to be their own voice. These tips will help you advocate for your elderly parents. [Read more…]