How to Improve Quality of Life for Your Aging Parents

For a large portion of your life, your parents took care of you and looked out for you. As they age, it’s your turn to care for them. Old age comes with many challenges such as medical issues and loneliness. For their benefit, you should find ways to improve their quality of life. 

Get Them Medical Care 

Old age comes with many health problems. The body begins to break down and it can become more sensitive to injury and infection. It also becomes challenging to perform daily activities like walking. It’s also common for aging individuals to develop neurological disorders such as dementia or Alzheimers. You need to make sure your parents have adequate medical care. 

Start by making sure they have some sort of healthcare coverage that will pay for a majority of their healthcare costs. You also want to make sure they are near a medical facility. Closer proximity makes it easier for your parents to make regular visits and checkups and it allows them to reach a medical facility quickly if there’s an emergency. 

Let Them Live With You

When your parents reach a certain age, it may be best for them to live with you. While living alone, it can be challenging for them to care for themselves. This is especially true if they have health problems and struggle to walk or move around. Moving your parents in with you can help them reduce the risk of falls. 

Additionally, it can be very lonely and isolating to live alone especially if their spouse has died. If they live with you, they can stay connected to family and socialize more. Choosing to have your parents move in with you may be challenging. Before you go through with it, make sure you set clear boundaries with your parents. 

Keep Them Involved 

There are many things that need to be addressed as your parents age. You may be responsible for managing their finances or helping them with estate planning. It can also be left to you to decide where they should live, what care they need, etc. For your parents, it can be difficult to watch someone else make all their decisions. They may feel unimportant and unnecessary. No matter what decisions are being made, keep your parents involved. Ask for their input and take time to understand what they want. It’s still their life and they will be happier if they still maintain some control. 

It can be difficult to watch your parents age. During this time, you want to make sure you are doing all you can to support and care for them. After all they’ve done for you, it’s your turn to give a little back. 

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Simon Greenberg

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