As Our Parents Age
As our parents' age, it is important to make sure they are taking care of themselves and staying healthy, especially if they are still living independently on their own.
Do you remember how your dad used to run beside you so you would not fall while learning how to peddle your very first two-wheeler? Soon, you may be walking beside him as he grasps onto a walker to steady his gait.
One can't forget memories of your mom rolling out cooking dough and frosting a cake in preparation for a special event, holiday, or just because to show you how much she cared. Think of what it might be like when the memory of her recipe fades or how to use the simple kitchen utensils to create such delicious delights.
It is a period in our lives we all will have to face eventually as time stands still for no one. Are you prepared?
As our parents' age, it's important to make sure that they are taking care of themselves and staying healthy, especially if they are still living independently on their own. Sometimes they will not admit needing assistance around the house, while other times, they simply may not realize their strength, memory, or ability to move about unassisted is weakening because the progression is slow, not immediate. The idea of leaving home or receiving in-home help for everyday activities can be distressing for every one involved. Before you reach that point, take the time to sit down with your parents and discuss with them what their plans for the future may be before disability or dementia occurs.
Seventy percent of people over age 65 will require some kind of long-term care services at some point in their lives. And, contrary to what many people believe, Medicare and private health insurance programs do not pay for the majority of long-term care (LTC) services that most people need ... such as dressing or using the bathroom independently. Planning right now ... today ... is essential. Make sure well enough in advance that proper care will be available when it's needed. Don't forget, you may need it just when you begin to age as well. Be prepared so you can give your aging parents the loving and devoted care they deserve.