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Health Watch/Gladys Polzien, RN, MSN,?CHPN

Tips to prevent frustration when caring for an elderly parent

March 8, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

March is Parent Awareness Month. Sometimes we find ourselves back in a parenting role as caregivers for our elderly parents. A few years ago, I cared for my 80-year-old dad after my mom had died. As a working, married mother with a husband and two young children, and enrolled in online graduate school, I had many days that were emotionally and physically draining. Before he died, we shared many days that included both laughter and tears. This time also included many days filled with frustration and difficult decisions about his caregiving needs. I was fortunate to have support from family and friends to talk about caregiving issues and options. With this support and knowledge, my dad and I talked about all the options and decided on the best solutions for his needs.



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