As our parents reach another birthday its a reminder that they are not getting any younger. Both mine and Andy’s parents are in their 70’s and as much as we want to think of them of the age they were when we were younger, they sadly aren’t. There are little telltale signs that they are getting older.
Elderly people become more selfish, and we’re already starting to see signs of this. The struggles to get out of a chair, the comments of tiredness on a walk and their hands not able to open jars. It’s all signs, that we shouldn’t ignore.
I know from my own Nan, that their health can go downhill quickly, and you need to be prepared for this. To start looking at options for the future, so that when the time comes you know where to go. A time will come that they won’t be able to walk easily or manage the stairs. When my Nan started to struggle to get up the stairs, we looked at different option and discovered that installing a stairlift was a really easy option. It made such a difference to her life and ability to remain independent.
Andy is an only child, which means that there is only us to support his parents which can be a lot of pressure. At least I have my brother and sister in law to help with my parents, which makes things easier. Both our parents currently live in their own homes, and the worry with Andy’s parents is that they are very isolated where they live. His dad already doesn’t drive and I’m not sure how much longer his mum will be able to. At that point, we will be grateful for online food shopping for them.
I think there will come a time where Andy’s parents will have to downsize and I know that his mum is keen to do this. We just need to convince his dad who is a bit more stubborn.
At the moment where my parents live, they can walk to a shop and that will make a difference once they stop driving. It does worry me about what their life will be like once they don’t have the freedom of driving. Because I work for myself at home, people assume that I’m available all the time. But of course that isn’t the case, I have work that I have to do. This is my job and it can be hard to get them to understand that.
But whatever the future brings, I will always be grateful to have my parents in my life and we will do whatever we need to do to support them.
Do you think about your parents future?
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