Anne Jones’s tips on how to survive caring for an elderly parent while being strong in yourself as you care for a loved one.
My mother was given a maximum of six months to live so we brought her into our home to care for her last days. Three years later she was still with us! I share the insights and understanding that this time brought me and how you can keep your energy and spirits strong through what can be an intensely demanding and challenging time.
Many people are nervous to express their emotions or reluctant to engage with the emotions of others. The elderly come from generations that were taught not to embarrass other people with their own feelings and are therefore often ashamed to share their innermost feelings. Fortunately, we now live in more enlightened times, and you can take advantage of the hours you spend by the side of your loved one and discuss feelings and take the opportunity to help them heal any old hurts, rejections or traumas. By encouraging them to share old painful memories you can lead them to let go pain and resentment. With your own lack of judgement and by casting a loving perspective on their experiences many emotional imprints can finally be healed. You can even help them avoid bringing back unfinished business into their next life cycle!