How to Cope with A Loved One Growing Older

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    How to Cope with A Loved One Growing Older

    It can be difficult to accept that a loved one is getting older and their health is in decline, especially if they have been the strong family member who you have turned to throughout your lifetime. However, you have a responsibility to ensure your relative receives the appropriate care and support when needed. You also have a responsibility to ensure the younger family members adjust to their older relatives and that you take care of how you feel, getting support and rest yourself.

    Be as Supportive as Possible

    There will be times when your loved one may need to turn to you for assistance. Unfortunately, their pride could potentially prevent them from reaching out to ask you for help. If you have noticed an aging relative is in need of little extra support, inform them you are happy to help them any way you can, so they will feel less of a burden when they need help picking up their groceries, cleaning their home, or arranging their medication.

    Learn More About Home Help to Maintain a Relative’s Independence

    It’s more than likely that your relative will not want to say goodbye to his or her home when their health starts to decline, and you might dread the thought of placing them in a nursing home. Thankfully, it is possible to provide expert help to ensure they can remain in their home and retain some level of independence. For example, turn to FreedomCare to learn more about how a loved one can decide who takes control of their healthcare.

    Learn About a Medical Condition

    Unfortunately, many elderly loved ones can become vulnerable to various health conditions when they grow older, such as arthritis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and more. If your relative has received a diagnosis of a potentially life-changing medical condition, it is important to learn as much about it as possible, so you can gain a thorough understanding of their needs and learn to accept their condition. What’s more, understanding their condition will allow you to ask their doctors better questions, and you could provide your relative with advice and support on how to improve their quality of life.

    Confide in Your Partner or Friend

    Watching a loved one age and their health decline is never easy. Rather than bottling up your emotions, it is essential you confide in your partner or friend when you are feeling upset or stressed. Doing so will allow you to release the emotions built up inside of you, so you can avoid burning out. With your loved ones’ help, you will be able to take each day as it comes to provide an aging relative with the love, care, and support he or she needs to live a happier, healthier life.

    Talk to Your Aging Relative

    Growing older is a fact of life, and no-one will understand the process more than your aging relative, as they will have watched their own parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles grow older throughout their years. It might, therefore, be beneficial to simply talk to your relative about how they feel about growing older, as they might have a more pragmatic view regarding their time of life and healthcare, which might make you feel a little less stressed and anxious.

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    Written by Jenson Phillips

    Hi, I'm Jenson. Father of two and living with OCD, read my musings on coping with both and maybe pick up some advice for yourself.