Nearly every culture expects filial responsibility. It’s such an ordinary expectation that it seems like common sense: parents raise their children, and when they’re elderly or infirm, their children take care of them, returning their love and support.
But what happens to expectations of filial responsibility when children feel that they never received love and support from their parents, or that parental love and support had unfair conditions attached? What happens to those expectations when your relationship with your aging parent is difficult, uncomfortable, or painful?
These are hard questions for children who have negative relationships with their parents. There are no easy answers, but as with all aspects of senior care, there are many possible options.
Often times the most frustrating part of Parkinson’s is there is no universal method to alleviate symptoms, as each person will experience the disease differently and require a different change in lifestyle. As a caregiver, you have the advantage of being in regular contact with your Parkinson’s patient and you can use this relationship to better understand their specific needs and help them with working towards improving their quality of life.
There are a couple of specific areas that you can focus on to help someone with Parkinson’s.
The Christmas season has long since been a tradition of surrounding yourself with those you care about most. Even during the coldest season of the year, being able to visit your loved ones brings warmth and comfort to family members. But as people age and their lives progress, it can be increasingly difficult to be able to bring family together to share those special moments.
If your elderly loved one has trouble travelling for the holidays, there are still a number of ways that you can include them in your holiday plans to help ensure they feel connected and cared for during the cold winter.
When it comes to personal caregivers, having the right candidate is vital to ensuring you or your loved one receives the proper care. If you are looking to take on the responsibility of hiring and managing your caregiver, here are some particular aspects of the process that you should be aware of.
Finding joy while caregiving does not have to be an elusive emotion only experienced after ignoring how you really feel. You are going to be stressed in this role, especially in the beginning, but there is a positive outlook to keep in mind.
Sharing your home with your aging parents can lead to very positive experiences. Such a merger can save a significant amount of money, while also providing your aging parent the comfort that you feel they are entitled to. But, as with all things, there are certain considerations that you should be aware of before move-in day. These key factors will be highlighted in this post.
Your aging mother or father may not want to listen to your advice or instructions concerning their health, and you may find it difficult to disseminate the guidance to help the parent stay as healthy as possible. Nevertheless, by collaborating with your parent’s primary care physician, you can help ensure that they receive instructive guidance in a manner that they can willingly receive. A parent may not want to listen to your instructions, but like many older people, your loved one may highly respect a physician.
Making daily life easier for your parent living with dementia can make things so much easier for your parent, you, and everyone else involved. Here are several things you can do to help your loved one.
Spending one's last years happily at home should be achievable by anyone who wants that, yourself and your elderly family, naturally, included. People generally want to live independently regardless of their age, but unfortunately that's not always possible. Age brings a decline in physical and cognitive abilities that can make it difficult to live without assistance.