Caring for the elderly people in our lives can be a challenge - for us and for them.
For a moment, try to put yourself in their shoes. You're probably beginning to lose much of the independence you once had. You may be struggling to allow your family and friends to help you. Maybe you feel overwhelmed or humiliated that your body or your mind isn't working as well as it once did. You may feel an increasing loss of power and control over your own life and, perhaps worst of all, you may feel that you're becoming a burden on the people who love you.
Now think about your own situation with your parents or grandparents. You probably want to make sure that the "golden years" of your parents or grandparents are as good as they can be. The same people who guided you in the past now need your guidance. Your roles become reversed. What can you do to help them? How can you encourage them to accept the help that they need? What can you do to assist them with their needs in the best possible way?
There are several items from the library, and online, that can guide you along the path as you help your loved ones as they age.
"Reflections on Life, Love, and Change"
"A Caregiver's Guide to Living your Best Life" - " . . . " fulfilling life experiences are still possible for both caregivers and their loved ones."
"How to Take Care of Yourself and your Aging Parents"
"Americans are living longer than ever before. Seventy-five million baby boomers are entering their retirement years at a rate of 10,000 a day. The United States is not prepared for this unprecedented demographic shift, and the question we're now all facing is: who will care for this aging population when they can no longer care for themselves?"
""In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents."
"A One-step Resource for All your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues"