Caring For Aging Parents

Written by Norene Anderson
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Caring for aging parents is a dilemma for many of the approximately 77 million baby boomers in the United States. This defines those born between the years 1946 and 1964. Many of these middle-aged individuals are caught in the stressful situation of caring for elderly parents while keeping up with the activities of a busy household. It is common for parents in their 40s and 50s to have teenagers at home while their parents range in age from mid-60s and up.

This puts a lot of strain on the relationship of caregiver status of the aging parents and mom and dad to the teens or pre-teens at home. In situations where the elderly family members are living in a close proximity, it can be arranged to provide the care needed. Involving the children in the loving care of their grandparents can be a time of making memories for a lifetime.

The Responsibility of Caring for Aging Parents

It is quite different when caring for aging parents in a cross-country setting. With the mobility of today's workforce, a location change is often necessary in order to have adequate employment. This may mean moving away from the vicinity where the aging parents live. Work schedules do not always allow the amount of time off that is needed to make long trips for caregiver duties.

In either case, it is vital to have some type of medical alarm system in place. If the parents are able to live alone, a variety of alarm designs are available. Monitoring systems can notify you immediately if you are needed. If you live away, you will be notified when emergency help has been requested and you are kept informed about the status. If paramedics are called, you will be given the name and contact number of the hospital for immediate information. It is a relief to know that if you cannot be there, someone will be with the push of a button.

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