How To Help Aging Parents

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Seniors Blue Book Greater Pittsburgh Area

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Oct 16, 2023

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Pennsylvania - Greater Pittsburgh Area

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As our parents age, they may require more assistance with their daily lives. This can be a difficult transition for both the parents and their children. However, there are steps you can take to help make this transition easier for everyone involved.

  1. Have open and honest communication: The first step is to have an open and honest conversation with your parents about their needs and preferences. Ask them what they need help with and how you can best support them. This will help you understand their priorities and tailor your assistance accordingly.
  2. Consider their living situation: It's important to consider your parents' living situation and whether it is still safe and suitable for them. If they are living alone, you may want to explore options for home care services or assisted living facilities. If they are still able to live independently, consider making modifications to their home to make it safer and more accessible.
  3. Help with medical needs: Aging parents may require more medical attention as they age. Help them keep track of their medications and appointments, and consider accompanying them to doctor's visits. You can also explore options for home health care services if they need additional medical assistance.
  4. Assist with daily tasks: As your parents age, they may need help with daily tasks such as grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking. Offer to assist with these tasks or consider hiring a home care aide to provide additional support.
  5. Stay involved: It's important to stay involved in your parents' lives as they age. Visit them regularly and keep in touch through phone calls and emails. This will help them feel connected and supported, and can also help you stay informed about any changes in their health or wellbeing.
  6. Take care of yourself: Caring for aging parents can be emotionally and physically exhausting. It's important to take care of yourself and prioritize your own self-care. This may include seeking support from friends or family members, practicing stress-reducing activities such as yoga or meditation, or seeking professional counseling.
  7. Plan for the future: As your parents age, it's important to have a plan in place for their future care. This may include discussing end-of-life care options or creating a will and estate plan. Having these conversations early can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and can help avoid conflicts down the line.
  8. Reach out to the Seniors Blue Book for help.  As a brand with longevity for over 40 years, we can assist you with making decisions and provide valuable and trustworthy resources, that can help.  Our goal is to arm you with trustworthy and accurate information and resources, so that you can make the best decisions for yourself, and your loved ones.  

In conclusion, helping aging parents can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By having open communication, considering their living situation, helping with medical needs and daily tasks, staying involved, taking care of yourself, and planning for the future, you can help ensure that your parents receive the support and care they need as they age.

This article was submitted by Apryl Garrett, Publisher of Seniors Blue Book Greater Pittsburgh Area.  She can be reached at 412-551-5951 or apryl@seniorsbluebook.com.  


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