How to Cope With Elderly Parents


Living with our parents used to be fine—at least when we were young. As we grow older, most of us just want to move out to get our own place and get some privacy, but as we get even older, we start to think about our parents more often and spending time with them becomes an important task.

Between all the mental health issues and how slow they can be during their regular tasks, it can be quite daunting to try and cope with an elderly parent. However, after reading this article, you’ll discover a couple of easy ways that will help you cope with your elderly parents.


Accepting change

The first major thing we need to talk about is change. The future is hard to predict and, as a result, people always change. Our elderly parents are no exception. Make sure you’re prepared for the changes that will rapidly take place in your life as you cope with your parents growing older. Their memories might begin to fade, their skills might dwindle and they might even wander off to find you when you step out for groceries. These are just changes you’ll have to accept happening and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Monitor your parent’s care home

There are an increasing number of elder abuse cases circulating around the world. Care homes for the elderly are popular in many different countries due to their economically friendly approach to senior housing. However, it’s always possible for the company to hire someone who is abusive or acts terribly towards the elders. Sometimes it can be hard to find proof which is why it’s always a good idea to contact a lawyer to see what your options are and what actions you can take to secure your parents.

Given them physical support

As our parents grow older, they tend to become frail and need all the help they can to be mobile. In addition to buying them equipment to help them stay mobile, it’s never a bad idea to help them up and down the stairs or to do something nice and simple such as opening the door for them. Some elderly parents want to be independent and will try to do things such as cooking and walking up and down stairs on their own, but they need to understand that their bodies are eventually going to give in and that you need to help with those tasks.

Ensure they can be social

If living in a care home or special accommodation is out of the question, then make sure your elderly parent has a group of nearby friends to converse and watch television with. If they don’t, they could get awfully lonely very fast. Sign them up for local clubs and consider taking them to various different places so they can learn what there is to do in your town. You also shouldn’t neglect talking to your parents yourself. Perhaps you could ask about their past wedding, what interests they have now or even speak about old musical artists they like listening to.