August 11, 2014
The day before yesterday a woman came into my office. She looked stressed out and on the verge of either losing her temper or crying, could have been either, or both. Her mother had just been transported from a hospital to a nursing home. The reason, according to her was “short-term rehab”. She was overwhelmed. As if dealing with doctors and hospital staff and discharge planners was not enough, now that her mother was settled in her bed in the nursing home, a whole new level of concerns took over, including, but certainly not limited to:
This is just one example of the many things that cause stress for the children of aging parents. Aging is a problem for a lot of us. We spend a lot of time and money trying to stay young and vibrant. Our society values this. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me then, when I encounter clients like the woman I mentioned above.
Aging, and the problems it creates, are well, a problem. And this is where I live. Right where these problems surface; when medical problems exacerbate, causing financial issues to be considered (often too late), and all of this usually leads to an emotional minefield for parents, adult children, and others involved in the situation.
No shortage of issues to talk about here and I am going to dig in. I have a whole bunch of experience and information to pass along and I think this is great place to do it. Stay tuned for weekly posts, and by all means, comment, and offer scenarios that you could use some help with.
Until next time,
Christine Davis, LMSW, ACSW
Certified Life Coach and Licensed Social Worker
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