Top 10 Ways To Help Your Parents In Old Age

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A comfortable old age is the best reward any parent can get for their all through hardworking life. Like Shakespeare said towards old age, this, in an opposite way to childhood, walks near the gates of life, and it is the period where the child must take care of his parent like the parent did for the child when he was young. The relation between parents and children has existed since time immemorial. We all have great obligations to our parents as they have always guided us onto the right path. They have fulfilled all our wants and necessities. Helping your parents in old age and taking care of them is a way of strengthening your relationship with them.

The form of elderly care provided varies greatly among countries. For example in India, parents are typically cared for by their children into old age, most commonly by their sons. It should be noted that in these countries, elderly citizens, especially men, are viewed in very high regard. Approaching old age implies change in living style in economical, social and personal ways.

Here are some ways to help your old age parents:

 

1. Give emotional support:

give emotional support

It is the most important thing that a parent could get. Having a child who understands what they think and listen to them, talk to them on a daily basis. Ask them if they have been facing any difficulties or disturbances from anything or anyone. Talk to them about their friends, other community members etc sometimes parents wish no more than that. Learn about the aging process and the common problems that will be faced during old age. If there happen to be some mistakes done by your parents don’t get irritated over them and explain them saying “it is okay” and ask them not to worry about it anymore.

 

2. Take care of their health:

take care of their health

If one of your parents is not well on a continual basis, then have nurses or caretakers who can take care of their health all the time. Have all the necessary equipment they may require in emergency conditions. And make sure to keep them in reach of your parents.

 

3. Check if they are financially stable:

financially stable

Sometimes, parents do not want to bother their children if they are even facing some financial problems, they don’t dare to ask. You better check their situation frequently and assure them by saying that if they need help please do not hesitate to bother your children. Adding the word ‘your’ will make them feel better. Discuss if their sources of income are coming regularly (e.g. pension checks, annuities and/or Social Security), and ask them to keep an up-to-date document with this information.

 

4. Create a memory book:

memory book

It’s common for seniors to experience short-term memory problems. Reminiscing might help. Start creating a scrapbook for your parents, filled with photos and names of the people, places and pets from their past. If you have time, work on the scrapbook together and explain them with details of each thing in the book. You can even create a journal for them with the important appointments they may have in the near future so that they do not forget about it. For example if your parents are under medication or if they have an appointment with a doctor in coming week, note it down for them so that they can remember it easily.

 

5. Speak to them often:

speak to them often

If you don’t live near to your old parents make sure to call them frequently. Know how they have been doing, how is their health, or just make a conversation about when you will be next meeting them. My grandparents do not live in the same place of ours, so I used to call them whenever I get free time just to catch up to them. Me just asking how have you been? I hope to see you soon. Or a chat regarding my visit there in the upcoming week would delight them.

 

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