Please check out this engaging and informative article Written by Maria Villeza, Owner of Elder Impact. http://elderimpact.org/
--------------------------Reaching out to help your elderly parent from afar
Assisting an aging parent across the miles can be overwhelming. You can feel like things are out of control because you can’t be there to help in person. It can be even more challenging if you have concerns about addiction or have a need to heal a rift. Here are ways to give terrific long-distance support to your loved one.
Use technology. According to the experts at Today, technology offers an array of great options for assisting your parent from afar.
Some websites are especially designed for supporting your aging senior. Try Lotsahelpinghands for electronic scheduling so that family and friends can sign up for delivering meals, driving to medical appointments, or taking turns caregiving.
The National Center on Caregiving recently launched FCA CareJourney. This is an online service offering support, resources, and good information for those caring for adults with chronic cognitive or health concerns such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.
When addiction is a worry. Some studies show there is a growing concern for addiction among seniors. The impact of drug and alcohol abuse is greater for the elderly, due to risk of injury and dangerous interaction with medications. The effects of alcohol and drugs is also more debilitating for seniors. Yet statistics show that over 2.5 million older adults struggle with a drug or alcohol problem. Here are some signs your parent may have an addiction:
When the distance between you is more than physical. Oftentimes relationships with parents are strained. It’s no secret that families often suffer with dysfunctional issues. It’s possible your parent’s addiction isn’t new and your relationship is damaged as a result. Regardless of how things became broken, here is advice from experts for mending fences with your parent.
Reach your parent from afar. Helping your parent from a distance is challenging. Using technology can bridge the gap. You may be worried your parent suffers with addiction or need to heal an injured relationship. Using the advice offered here will help you support your parent across the miles.
We don't need to be health professionals to advocate for the aging. Check out some tips on how to keep your loved ones connected and safe.
On her website Marie Villeza, Owner of Elder Impact states:
Our mission is to empower seniors against ageism by making handy the information they need to keep controlling their own lives. Our team works to incorporate market research with senior needs. We want technology to be accessible, we want social calendars to be bustling, and we want everyone to have access to the medical attention and other resources they need. We want younger generations to see that they can help dismantle ageism. We don’t want there to be any victims. We want to impact the elderly so that they can keep impacting the world.
For more info. visit: http://elderimpact.org/