Knowing that they are still included in future plans may help motivate your elderly parent to receive the appropriate care. Especially for those aging parents dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, reminders of important dates can be extremely helpful and ease anxiety.
Talk about upcoming events frequently. Things like anniversaries, graduations, and weddings are things to look forward to and can keep them engaged. Put the dates on a calendar, and share in their anticipation.
Everyone craves inclusiveness, make sure your parents know you want them around.
Always listen to your parents’ needs. You may have the purest intentions when assisting them, but remind yourself that they still have autonomy over their decisions. Letting them keep that sense of independence is important.
Whenever an important decision or conversation arises, ensure that your standpoint is coming from a place of love and care.
Finding the balance between your aging parents’ wants and needs, and the advice of a healthcare professional will make assisting an elderly parent that is refusing help less stressful.