Caring for Elderly Parents

One sad note to becoming middle-aged is that we may be faced with the prospect of caring for elderly parents. Especially painful is the thought that they may be suffering from sadness or memory issues and the person you knew will soon be replaced by a practical stranger. A USA Today/ABC News/Gallup poll found that 41% of baby boomers are caring for their parents in some way, and 8% say their parents are living with them. Typically, an unpaid caregiver to elderly parents is a woman approximately 45 years of age who works outside the home.

Caregivers suffer nearly twice the amount of health challenges as their non-caregiving counterparts. Trying to reconcile that you are now the parent of your parent can be tough to do. The line between a parent’s independence and need for outside decision making can be heart-wrenching, like when a parent can no longer safely drive a car. The parent may disagree, but the decision clearly needs to be made before someone gets hurt. A parent may no longer recognize things they knew, like their children’s faces or the way home, which can hurt deeply.

The stress takes a huge toll. Relationships among sisters, brothers and other relatives will be strained, no matter how well you got along beforehand. And if you didn’t get along, all of those old issues will be regurgitated. If married, your spouse and children will be vying for your attention, which they have a right to expect, but you can’t change the situation. Most caregivers complain of feeling they must be alert 24 hours a day and of being pulled from two sides emotionally.

Caregivers don’t tend to get the care they themselves need because they are so busy caring for everyone else. They may spend themselves into bankruptcy caring for everyone, or may develop stress-related health challenges. Extreme sadness is common, and the emotional pain can be intense.

Caregivers absolutely must have time to sleep well and eat well if they are to sustain the pressure of caring for elderly parents without cracking. They need to constantly supply strength to their bodies, emotions, and minds. This means not feeling guilty about taking naps, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.It also means they should seriously consider taking nutritional brain supplements.

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