I recently read a statistic that took me by surprise:
While only 25% of the aging parents surveyed report that they are stressed because of their adult children, nearly twice as many adult children report being stressed because of their aging parents.
Our kids are worried about us – and doesn’t that explain a lot?
I don’t know about you, but I hear from my children often. Of course, I have three, so it might seem like a lot because they are each calling off and on during the week. But, in my mind, they don’t have any reason to really be worried.
But still, the check-ins continue. Friends my age are starting to get subtle (and not so subtle) hints about “what they should do” from their adult children. There are “suggestions” about where they should live, what they should do, and whether or not they should be driving. And boy do they bristle up about it.
There are two things I realize about this situation that is growing in volume and frequency with today’s aging population:
Aging is inevitable. Worry and stress about that aging doesn’t have to be. It’s a challenge to transition from the role of parent and authority to that of someone who receives care and attention. But it equally as challenging for our children, too.
Back to that first realization I had. Conversation – open and honest conversation – is the beginning. Love My New Freedom is the tool to make the transition a little easier for everyone.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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