3 Tips About Caring for Aging Parents

By Shannon C , last updated December 10, 2011

Caring for elderly parents can put a strain on even the healthiest lifestyle, impacting your ability to feel rested, connected to your other relationships, and balanced in your daily life. However, the reality is that as the population continues to age, more children are facing the task of caring for their elderly parents not just for a year or two, but for many years. There are three tips that can really help you incorporate this new responsibility into your daily life without sacrificing the rest of your life to do so.

The first tip is to make sure that you utilize all available sources of elder care, including available support from health insurance, local community resources and agencies, and the help of friends and siblings, to share the responsibility more evenly. The second tip is to be sure to safeguard your other relationships, and most especially your marriage, so that you don't end up discovering that your own support system has unraveled while you are supporting your elderly parents. The third tip is to make sure to budget for any extra expenses that caring for your elderly parents may entail, and discuss these extra financial expenses with your parents and siblings, and your spouse if applicable, to find a way to ease the financial burden on your personal finances if at all possible.

The more you can take some of the optional stressors that can be associated with caring for elderly parents off of your own shoulders, the more time and energy you will have left to take good care of yourself and deal with the stressors that are not optional, such as watching your parents age, transitioning from a childhood to a parental role in your family relationships, and having to sacrifice in other areas to be there for your parents when they need you.

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