1 Thing to Do With Aging Parents

By Kevin

by Kevin R. Foley, M.Ed., LPC

Many of my closest friends have or are now beginning to experience the unfortunate reality of helping aging parents. I, for one, am close to this myself. With a parent reaching her mid-80s, I have witnessed some mutually challenging encounters. There are a few things to keep in mind for adult children and their aging parents.

For adult children, our role is changing or has changed dramatically. No longer is our parent independent and "invincible" in our eyes. We are grappling with helping them and realizing their own mortality. We want them healthy and happy. Seeing them riddled with internal symptoms beyond our control is very frustrating. As adult children we need to be emotionally balanced to go through the change with them.

Parents are not happy about aging. They are proud of being able to be physically able to take care of themselves. They don't like feeling the aches, pains, and manner in which their body is giving out on them. Aging parents are dealing with emotional changes on their outlook on life as well.

There is one thing we can all do with aging parents.

Love Them More

When parents need your help, the roles are reversed. Loving them during this transition in age is a priceless gift. In essence, love them more than they did for you. Loving them involves checking on them, sharing your life with them, and being their for them. Loving them means not treating them like gold, as a precious and treasured gift.

I guarantee you loving them will not always be easy. You will be on an emotional roller coaster as they continue to age. You will, however, help ease their transition into their elder years...with care and love.



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