Centerpoint for August
Presbyterian Counseling Center
If you are caring for aging parents, have you ever said or thought something like “I am becoming the parent to my parents”? You are not alone if you have, but looking at being the caregiver in that light can create a lot of frustration for you and your parents.
While the level of care you are providing may be much like what you would provide for a child, an elderly person’s needs and abilities are unique to the end stages of life, not the beginning stages.
Understanding and respecting the difference in being “my parents’ caregiver” rather the “parent to my parent” will help both of you adapt to the changing roles a little easier.
The Presbyterian Counseling Center is a resource if you need help adjusting to being your parents’ caretaker, call at 452-7370 and visit us at www.presbyteriancounselingcenter.org
-Ann C. Thacker