How To Help Your Parents As They Age

how to help aging parents

Aging is inevitable, and it can be challenging when you’re busy with your own life. You want to see your parents happy and healthy, so it makes sense you want to know what you can do to assist them. But, you don’t have to do this alone. Try to get your whole family involved and find ways you can all work together to help your parents as they age.

Find Suitable Housing

You can help your aging parents downsize and do so without being bossy or intrusive. Ask questions about what type of living situation they prefer and where they will be the happiest. Let them choose where they want to live and be there to support them by arranging and handling the logistics. Seek out and organize senior citizen moving services to make the change less stressful and overwhelming for you and the family.

Check-in Frequently

Checking in sounds easy because it is, but it can also be hard when you’re busy with your schedule and family. Help your parents as they age by checking in with them frequently. You can stop by in person, shoot them an email, or pick up the phone and have a conversation. They’ll be excited to hear your voice and will appreciate knowing that you’re thinking about them. Use these check-ins to get a better idea of what assistance they need from you to plan your days accordingly.  

Go to Their Doctor’s Appointments

You can help your parents as they age by advocating for them. Offer to drive and go to their doctor’s appointments with them to get a better understanding of their ailments and medications. If they’re not as mentally sharp these days, you can speak up and ensure they get the care they need to stay healthy and well. Come prepared to ask questions and get more details about their treatment plan and what the future looks like for them regarding their mental and physical well-being.

Encourage Them to be Active

It’s also important that you encourage your aging parents to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’ll make them feel better mentally and physically, as well as allow them to be more connected to the community. Talk to them about what organizations they may want to join or events they might want to attend so you can sign them up. Remind them to exercise their minds and bodies daily and help them find activities that they enjoy and can do by themselves if you’re not around.

Most importantly, however, remember to continue to take good care of yourself in the process so you can stay healthy and be there for them.

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