One of life’s most difficult transitions can be when an adult child becomes the caregiver for their parent. The role reversal can be tough for everyone involved. For the caregiver, it is emotionally and physically exhausting. No one wants to watch a parent’s health decline. For the proud family elder, accepting help can be awkward and uncomfortable. It’s much easier to deny that they need assistance and insist they can handle things on their own.
If you find yourself in this situation, know that you aren’t alone. Researchers who explored this issue found that 77% of adult children consider their parents to be stubborn! This is a generation of older adults known for their strong work ethic. Accepting that they need help doesn’t come easily.
What can you do to keep a senior parent safe while still protecting their pride and sense of independence?
It starts by being patient and trying to see things from the parent’s perspective.
6 Ways to Help a Resistant Senior Parent Get Help
- Exercise patience: Unless you feel the situation is so dire that
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