Dealing Aging Parent and Caregiving

Help aging parent to  feel more alive

As people age, some of the simple tasks like writing, telephoning and just verbally communicating can be a real challenge. These folks need to feel useful and anything you can do to help them feel more alive, is of benefit.

Help my mom today

As Caregivers, we have a special opportunity to be of service in small ways that can mean a great deal to our loved one. I consider it a privilege and a blessing to be able to help my Mom today.

If Caregiving is your profession then, you might find this article helpful in relating to all of your patients.

  1. Ask questions about their lives. Engaging people in conversation is one excellent way to keep them interested in living. Keeping in mind that with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, a person forgets the most recent thing they’ve learned; ask them about events in their lives that happened long ago. With the goal of raising their spirits (and you should know enough about them to be able to do this) ask how they met their spouse, how they felt at the birth of their first child, what was one of their favorite vacations? Once they begin sharing, they will likely look forward to these special moments to stroll down memory lane.’ Ask questions, and then listen.
  2. Open up their photo albums and let them tell you who’s who, what they were doing, where they were. If they have a lot of loose pictures buy some photo albums as this would be an excellent project to help them work on. Again, help them participate in life vs. being a spectator.
  3. Help them write “thinking of you” notes to their family and friends. You can buy inexpensive note card sets with short verses already inside. Add a couple of sentences – often just a recap of recent visitors they’ve had or people planning to visit. Or, if they ate at a great restaurant or saw a movie on TV they enjoyed. If possible, ask the recipient a question about their family. Try to be positive and lighthearted and steer clear of the latest aches and pains and doctor visits-if you can. Include your loved one or patient in the process- reading what you’ve written or proposing what you’ll write prior to doing so. Then, have them add their own closing and signature. My Mom is known by her formal name, Lucille and a nickname. I’ll often help her by saying, how about “Love and Prayers…” or she knows you as Doddie, Mom. Then, later, she is delighted to receive mail from the people she wrote.

Help them to find enjoyment in life despite illness and hardship. Smell the roses, you know?

About the Author:

Terry Lynne Hale has over 30 years of sales, marketing, writing, research and training experience in a variety of industries. Terry thrives on sharing information and credits many authors with being instrumental in developing the person she is today. Passions include family, the Internet, pets, the planet, the Internet, writing, the Internet, publishing, the Internet, marketing, and the Internet. Her never-ending quest for learning led her to explore WWW after buying her first computer in 1995. Naturally, she wanted to share her enthusiasm for the internet with others. Her training and writing background fueled the passion that led her to write and publish her first eBook, Ageless Internet –Internet BASICS for Boomers and Seniors. It’s a simplified guide to the World Wide Web and is available for immediate download through Amazon or in all formats on Ageless Internet.

Terry’s experience sourcing and locating independent and assisted living for her parents was the beginning of her exploration into care giving and elder care issues. Subsequent assistance finding housing for loved ones of friends and family has cemented her interest in Boomer and Senior care. Terryis committed to getting the word out that it is possible – even preferable, to begin a search for this kind of housing via the Internet, thus her new position as Boomer Care Adviser for SilverCensus. With an invaluable resource like SilverCensus offering Free Placement Assistance for Home Care and Assisted Living, your efforts are streamlined, and you save time and money.

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