My parents are really good parents and are not old at all, however, now is as good a time to plan their future as any time. The future comes when you least expect it.
It is difficult to broach some of these topics though! You never want to look at your mom and dad as getting older and needing you to help them. After all, they were the ones that were there for you in the past. How exactly did the tables turn?
This has been a really tough year for our family. We lost my brother almost six months ago now. I have seen my parents’ physical health decline as well as their emotional and mental health. It has not been easy and I have already broached the topic of the future with them!
I will NOT allow my parents to go into a nursing home! I really despise those places and will do anything and everything in my power to ensure that they do not end up in that kind of God-forsaken place!
But parents sometimes find it hard to rely on their children. It is also hard when personalities conflict. Times change and sometimes as our parents age, they fail to see the changes. They want things to remain the same.
It is very important, however, to be patient, wait for the changes to become apparent and to simply be there for your parents. I intend to be there for mine and to show them that With Age Comes Respect!