Guest Blogger, Mary Albert, writes:
In our retirement, the world is a changing place. Our generation has a new plight that didn't typically exist in generations before us: taking care of our aging parents during retirement. Trying to enjoy our 'glory days' can create a challenging problem. Like others in my situation, I don't want to abandon my parents for fear that something will happen while I'm gone.
Here are a few tips to help us get more peace of mind when we're unavailable to our parents because of travel or work committments:
- In-home caretakers for those who need it. These caretakers can come daily, multiple times a week, or whenever required. Most parents will call this 'unnecessary', but can help us to feel more relaxed when we're away.
- Adult daycare is another solution. If you can get them to go, your parents can have a pleasant supervised time with other adults their age.
- Medical alert systems offer a more independent option. With these systems, help is only a push-button away. Plus, parents will feel less supervised and there is less to worry about.
I've gotten a medical alert system for my parents, and it has given us all another chance at independence. I have a trip to the Caribbean planned next month. They are happy that I'm not constantly checking on them. It's a win-win for everyone. I can enjoy my retirement and they can enjoy their independence.
Contributed by Mary Albert, a blogger for www.happyhealth.net, an innovative senior lifestyle and senior health portal targeting baby boomers and their parents. The site contains four pillars to lifestyle happiness as well as a medical alert reviews section that reviews and rates medical alert systems.