In the fall of 2012, Hebrew SeniorLife gathered together geriatric thought-leaders, researchers and physicians for our inaugural "You and Your Aging Parents" program, an important discussion about the steps one should take to help aging parents as they make decisions regarding health and well-being. Overwhelmingly positive response indicates the need for this information and Hebrew SeniorLife continues to offer this program. Check our events listing for upcoming events.
In addition, we published expert advice from the first program in an ebook, “You and Your Aging Parents,” which Hebrew SeniorLife is offering as a free downloadable pdf. The discussion also inspired our “You and Your Aging Parents” blog series, a series that includes this blog post and covers the various issues and concerns you may encounter as you and your parent/s continue on the journey of aging.
How can I deal with the challenges of family caregiving?
The challenges of family caregiving are very strenuous and difficult to balance with the demands of your own family, career and life. These challenges can best be met by having family conversations early on and seeking professional help to augment the family’s capabilities and negotiate a sometimes difficult, fragmented system of support services.
Good family caregiving “takes a village” so it’s important to allow family members who want to help to play a role as well as identifying the additional support you need from a professional network. Local support groups are an excellent way to connect with other caregivers who are facing similar challenges.
There is a special burden that comes with being an only child of aging parents. On the one hand, it may be a relief to be the only one in control without any conflicting opinions from siblings. On the other hand, it can be stressful and isolating to handle the challenges of parent care alone. For adult children without siblings, it is especially important to find additional professional support to share the burdens and challenges of caregiving.
To download your copy of our “You and Your Aging Parent” ebook, visit our website, www.agingredefined.org.