As your parents get older and you have to assume more responsibility for their care, it can be a challenge. You want to do what is best for them, but you also want them to remain as independent as possible. Balancing the two – and your own life – can be one of the most difficult things you will ever have to do.
Years of being on their own and making decisions for themselves can lead to resentment when you try to take over the decision-making for your aging parents. Your parents see you as the child – someone that needs taking care of – not someone to take care of them. Here are some things you can do to help deal with difficult parents.
Consider what is best for everyone. Its easy to put their needs ahead of all else, especially if you are in an emergency situation. Before making any decisions, make sure you look at all options and understand the pros and cons to each. Don’t assume something will get better over time. Sometimes you have to seek help to accomplish what is best for everyone. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. [Read more…]