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Showing Respect to Your Elderly Parents

By Carol White, 9:00 am on August 8, 2016

Showing respect to your elderly parents is a natural and time-honored way to express gratitude for the love and support you’ve received from them throughout the years. Prescott, AZ, caregivers recommend several ways to show your parents they are valued and appreciated.

Ask for Advice and Listen to Opinions

Many elderly people have the inherent ability to offer sage advice when it’s needed most. Parenting never truly ends, and your senior parents should continue to be revered as knowledgeable guides even as they age and experience changes in their health. Your willingness to continue seeking advice from your parents can make them feel valuable.

Seniors can also become increasingly opinionated as time goes by. Taking the time to listen to your parents’ thoughts and ideas is important, even when you aren’t actively seeking advice, and it provides the social engagement and the deep and meaningful relationships they need to preserve optimal emotional health. Try to offer your parents the same patience and respect you were shown during your childhood.

Offer to Become a Caregiver

Another way to show your parents respect is by offering to stand in as family caregiver, which many seniors are too proud or afraid to ask for. Fearful of becoming burdensome, some elderly adults attempt to eke by on their own, even when doing so has a negative impact on their quality of life. Offering to take on the role of family caregiver shows you recognize the sacrifices your parents made on your behalf and that you’re willing to make many of these same sacrifices in kind. Becoming a family caregiver also sets an impressive example of gratitude and respect for your own children.

Help with Long-Term Planning

Though many parents are both heartbroken and elated to see their children enter adulthood, they come to terms with the fact their kids are growing up and support them in their efforts to gain and maintain independence. Once your parents come to terms with their own aging, offer to help with long-term planning for Prescott, AZ, elderly care and the challenges this might entail. Your support and acceptance can make this process much easier and give your parents the assurance they need to enter into this stage of life confidently.

When spending time with an elderly parent, if you notice any of his or her care needs are not being met, reach out to Prescott Home Care Assistance for help. Our caregivers are available around the clock to assist with a wide array of daily tasks, including bathing, grooming, cooking, and exercise. In addition to our respite and 24-hour care services, we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Prescott, AZ, seniors can count on. For more information on our elder care services, please call 928-771-0105 today.