Facing the Facts: How to Handle Parents Who Are Aging
For most of us, our parents are just there — seemingly invincible as we grow up. Once we leave home, we’re on a mission to move into our own adulthood with our parents moving to the background, but still a solid, if often unacknowledged, presence. As we move on with our lives, creating careers, marriages, and possibly children, most parents continue to be involved in some capacity.
Many families are close, while others can be both physically and emotionally more distant. Still, there is a parent-child relationship that younger people rarely think deeply about. It just is.
Then there’s that first time when it really registers with you that your parents are aging. Perhaps this awareness occurs after one of them has suffered emotional or physical trauma. Or it could even strike during a time of seemingly little significance, such as bright sunlight highlighting some gray in mom’s hair, or a strong reading lamp enhancing the sag in dad’s once firm jawline.
This new reality may simply nudge you, or it may sock you in the gut, but in reality, it is. Your parents are aging. They are on their way to “being old.”
We’re just being human when we overlook the obvious
It’s human nature not to look carefully at people or things that we see often, so we shouldn’t be surprised when our parents aging…
Continue reading on HealthCentral for more about how we can sometimes not notice or deny our parents’ aging – until we can’t:
Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “For anyone having to walk the last segments of life with a loved one, read this.” …Delores
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