Easing the Transition for Children

 

Whatever happens in life, your parents have always been there for you. Comforting you. Encouraging you. Maybe they aren't perfect, but who is? Now that you're an adult, you realize that they always did their best for you.

 

If you're lucky, your parents are alive and healthy. Maybe they even help you out once in a while. Watch your kids for you. Help you out with a few bucks here and there. Give you advice (even when you don't ask for it).

 

As time goes by, you may notice them slowing down. Maybe they ask the same questions repeatedly. Perhaps they seem a little confused about something that surprises you. Or maybe they're still doing really well. At least, it seems they are.

 

Do you know what you would do if they needed you to start helping them? Do you know what they own? Has it ever occurred to you to ask them what they would want you to do about the end of their lives if they were unable to speak for themselves? Would you be equipped to step in? Would you have the authority to do anything for them?

 

These are difficult questions for parents and children to contemplate. But the best time to consider them is while your parents are well enough to give honest, calm and lucid answers. The time to open the discussion is as soon as you can, because life moves quickly.

 

To start your dialog with your parents, here's an article: 8 Things You Must Discuss.

 

If you need more information, contact Light of Gray. This is hard. But taking the first step will make your life easier. Your parents will be proud that you were mature enough to get the ball rolling.

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