In most instances, your parents will not be the ones to tell you they need help. Just like any of us, seniors have a strong desire to remain independent and in control of their own lives for as long as possible. What occurs more often is the aging senior experiences a life-changing event or “wake up” call such as a stroke, serious injury from a fall or the onset of Alzheimer’s bringing about the reality of the need for help.
The emotional distress and the work/life crisis of these traumatic events can hit a family like a runaway train, and your left to make very difficult decisions in a time of stress and desperation. One way to avoid this is to begin to monitor parents’ physical and mental capabilities today, and consider care options should your parents begin to show signs of needing assistance.