5 Signs Your Aging Parent is Avoiding Asking You for Help
With all the stigma around getting older, it’s no wonder your parent(s) don’t want to ask for help. They likely think it’s a surefire way to lose their independence and be seen as feeble instead of capable and self-sufficient. It’s understandable, but that doesn’t make it any easier when you suspect that they are struggling yet your aging parent is avoiding asking you for help. What can you do? To start, watch out for these signs.
1. Safety Issues
2. Mental and Physical Health
3. Daily Tasks
Next Steps When Your Aging Parent Avoids Asking You for Help
Answering ‘yes’ to more of these questions than not likely means that your parent DOES need some extra help whether they want to admit it or not. At this point, you may want to consider options for support at home or start learning about the many benefits of senior living. At the very least, you’ll need to start the conversation with your parent.
One way to do so is to begin talking about the future in a way that shows your parent that you’re on their side and you want to collaborate rather than make decisions for them. Create an honest, ongoing dialogue with them by asking questions about their needs, wants, and fears going forward. By listening with empathy and patience through these conversations you may find your parent is relieved to have the opportunity to share how they’re feeling!
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