Unfortunately, time is not always a friend to many of us, and as my dad says about getting older, ‘Doctors can make us live longer, just not necessarily better.’ I see this statement prove true over and over again in my clients; time affecting their daily lives.
The worst thing that many caretakers will discover is that their parents are not exempt from the trials and tribulations of everyday living. They get older, too, and as they age, they have to face the fact (and so do I in particular) that they may experience pain and discomfort – and perhaps even worse things like Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
I would love to report that my parents are above all of this, but recently they have both been feeling pretty punk in one way or another. Dad’s heart disease, diabetes and broken back have all added up to great pain and sickness; none of which I ever wanted to have to witness!
Mom has also had her share of issues; both physical and emotional – especially since the untimely death of my younger brother Mark last March.
Although we all know that our parents are not above aging, even we, as caregivers, have to take some time in order and show our parents that With Age Comes Respect – no matter what extremes they have to go through – and in turn what we have to go through!