5 Tips for Handling the Stress of Aging Parents


Share the Workload

You may be hesitant to reach out to others for help with your aging parents. This may be for any number of reasons. Perhaps you know how difficult caring for your parents is on yourself, and feel bad introducing that element of difficulty into another's life. Maybe you're afraid someone will be irresponsible or, even worse, malicious in their dealings with your parent without your knowledge.

Most people, especially relatives or friends of your parents, are happy to lend a hand and sympathize with how difficult it is for you to shoulder the entire burden.

If you don't reach out for help, that help may never materialize and in time you will become overwhelmed and exhausted. You may find that any "you" time in your life has disappeared. Being a primary caregiver to an aging parent can affect your work, friendships, romantic relationships, and even your relationship with your own children or other relatives.

These are all reasons why it's important to share the workload when it comes to caring for aging parents. Talk to their friends and neighbors and see if they're able to check in on a certain day of the week. You can coordinate with other family members to help with errands, grocery shopping or doctors' appointments.

Next, we'll discuss planning and how it can reduce your stress.