Elderly Parents - Senior Concerns

Elderly Parents - Senior Concerns

It's not easy being a elderly parent these days, and the recent economic downturn has increased distress on many seniors in many areas.

No matter where you live or what kind of support you have, these concerns always manage to crop up and make us wonder how we can help our parents, as well as ourselves, toward a more secure future and environment.

Seniors seem to share a variety of concerns that are common regardless of gender, race, or religious beliefs. The top three things that cause seniors concern these days include:

  • Health
  • Finances
  • Relationships

Health

Nearly every senior is concerned with his or her health. In addition to medical needs and care, the rising cost of that care and prescription medications has many seniors these days choosing between paying their rent and paying for their medications.

Many seniors today are putting off treatments as well as procedures because of cost considerations. In addition, seniors who are in generally good health are becoming increasingly concerned about the aches and pains that come with aging that may put a damper on every day living skills and abilities. Who will take care of them? Where can they go? What if they can't afford care? What's a person to do?

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Arthritis, osteoarthritis, mild forms of dementia, and heart problems cause many seniors to slow down well before they want to. Concerns regarding Alzheimer's, or dementia are also high on the list of worries that plague seniors today.

Finances

Who isn't worried about finances these days? However, seniors limited to Social Security or Pension payments are in a particular predicament, and many are moving in with children or other family members to help save and cut expenses.

Nevertheless, many seniors who were hoping to sell their homes in order to pay for retirement community living or other medical needs are finding themselves without access to the funds they had hoped for because of the drastic decline in home values.

Worries about retirement, investments, and whether or not Mom or Dad may be able to pay for the care they need (and planned for) places an extreme burden on the shoulders of our aging parents.

Concerns about the ability to pay for medical care, care for an aging or ill spouse, or unexpected emergencies causes many seniors excess stress, which in turn has an effect on overall health. Many seniors ask themselves the question, "Will I have enough money to last?" The uncertainty of the future as well those burdens of financial responsibilities and obligations today is affecting senior more than any other demographic in the country.

Relationships

Feelings of insecurity surrounding health and financial well-being are not the only concerns that face seniors today. Concerns over relationships with spouses and children are also the cause of many stress-related health concerns faced by elderly parents today. Facing or dealing with the loss of a loved one, fear of being alone, fear of being abandoned, as well as regrets over past actions or deeds prey on the minds of many seniors.

Seniors worry about whether or not community programs will be abandoned, and they worry about whether they should pay for their prescription medications or save the money for rent or groceries. Seniors worry about the ability to pay for basic necessities, not only today, but also next month, next year, or five years from now.

Facing the Future

Many children think that elderly parents don't have anything to worry about, but such is far from the truth. Seniors today are making very desperate decisions regarding their independence, their medical needs, their future health, as well as their future living plans and expectations.

Seniors worry about the same things as everyone else, but with that worry comes a certain sense of desperation and fear that they are running out of time to do the things they would like to do, or to prepare for a more secure future for themselves or a loved one.

Children of elderly parents need to realize and understand the fears that many elderly parents are facing these days, and do everything that he or she can to help alleviate the stress and insecurities that surround many of these issues.

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