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 do I help my parents stay as safe as possible if they choose to continue to live at home?
Begin an open dialogue with your parents about your concerns. Start the conversation by discussing what you have noticed and offer to help them plan how to get assistance with the difficulties they are having. Be respectful. It is not easy for people to admit that they might need some help. Also, start small if possible – introduce twice a month cleaning services, offer to assist with paying bills, set up a regularly scheduled trip to the grocery store or assist with ordering home delivery. Introduce services over time after openly discuss perceived changes and concerns whenever possible.
Consider what your family members can realistically do to support your parents remaining in their home. These decisions will need to factor in flexibility, work schedules and the financial resources to pay for care. In more medically complex situations, consider hiring a geriatric care manager to support your parents while they still live at home.
To download your copy of our “You and Your Aging Parent” ebook, visit our website, www.agingredefined.org.