Just as you were once totally dependent on your parents for your physical, mental and needs, likewise when your parent starts ageing, they too become increasingly dependent on you. This experience can be fun for some people and enormous burden for others. But still, there are some easy ways by which you can always help your growing parents; some of them are mentioned below-just read them out!
First of all borrow their slippers. Believe me; the gradual process of physical declining of old age is very depressing. Just imagine what you would have felt if same things happen to you. Pondering over the same issue for some time will help you to understand your parent’s feelings more nicely.
Older people start focusing on the things that seems no more achievable to them due to their old age. So start experimenting things with them. Get them to try new things of life that you know are achievable and fruitful for them.
Certainly you must be very busy with your own life schedule and find it hard to concentrate when your parents bothers you for an evening chat. Well, in this case, don’t turn deaf ears to them; suggest a time and frequency when you both can talk up with each other.
Definitely it’s tough, but just because your parents wiped your bottom when you were a baby; you don’t need to nurse them when they are old. Just make sure you ignore those emotional blackmails from their side. Certainly help them by all means, but don’t get bullied into becoming their carer, unless that forms a part of your own life plan.
Your ageing parents will be more area of their own mortality than they have ever been before. Dying is a scary prospect; encourage them to explore their faith if they have one.