Caring for Your Elderly Parents
If you are caring for elderly parents, you are not alone. More than 43 million people in the U.S. care for someone 50 or older, and nearly 15 million care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Caring for an aging parent can be a richly rewarding yet stressful, emotional experience. The key to minimizing the stress and anxiety (for yourself, your parents and your siblings) is open, respectful communication — early and often.
Don’t feel you have to reinvent the wheel. You can find a wealth of information, tools and resources online to help you navigate the challenges of caring for your parents. These resources can be a significant life-line; use them freely and often. Here are a few to get you started:
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Eldercare Locator
- Next Step in Care
- Caregiver Action Network
- Your local Agency on Aging
At Carilion Clinic, we help women be as healthy as possible through every stage of life. Right here in our own community, we have a full range of board-certified doctors and dedicated support staff. We offer preventive screening options, advanced diagnostic techniques, and cutting-edge treatment. All in an environment that is warm, personalized, and patient-centered.