This thoughtful and well-written blog picked up a recent changingaging.org post on family caregiving.
Take a few minutes to read the post Striking a Balance: Eldercare and the Workplace over at Changing Aging, the blog of geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas. The post discusses how to balance parent caregiving with the rest of life. He was joined in a presentation by Dr. Judah Ronch (both men are on the faculty with the Erickson School at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, UMBC), and a short video provides some highlights. I’d definitely like to attend a presentation like this in my area.
Here is a taste of what this blog offers…
This is my effort to record the experiences of loving and living with aging parents, and also as a vehicle that helps my husband and me understand and learn more about aging parent caregiving. I am highlighting interesting issues, identifying high quality web resources, and sharing memories. Other posts are on topics that my husband and I would have liked to know more about at the beginning of our foray into the aging child – aging parent phase of life.
I am not selling anything to my readers. I have no financial interest in goods or services for aging parents or their adult children, and my blog at this time has no advertising other than ads that WordPress might attach for some readers. On occasion I have provided technology support for senior citizens, sometimes receiving a small stipend, however I am not promoting my technology skills. As a long-time teacher I enjoy writing and re-writing, and I am good at research. I have taught just about every age from preschool to elderly senior adult — altogether more than 30 years of teaching experience and have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.
As Your Parents Age aims to posts information that is useful to adult children who are experiencing or entering the aging parent caregiving life phase (that we are living through right now). My aim is not to keep a journal or to aspire to replace comprehensive resource sites on aging. Instead, these short personal posts, accompanied by a few resources, can help others understand the basics of a particular subject, learn about a resource, or learn where to go to find more information. Please take a minute to look at some of the resources links that are attached to blog posts, and refer to the Disclosure page (soon to be uploaded) for more information.
While some of my posts do not directly relate to my aging parent experiences, they offer critical information for individuals who are committed to quality parent caregiving. Other posts may share a memory from the lives of one of our parents.
We never stop learning. As a teacher my inclination is to encourage people to learn more. In this case, the more we all learn about the aging parent caregiving period of our lives, the more we help family members gracefully through the aging process. Thus the goal is to support the process of becoming an effective aging parent advocate as well as a life-long learner. Perhaps in the process we can even dispel a few of our own fears about getting older.
Finally, I hope this blog will pay tribute to the amazing people in our families, individuals who are experiencing the later years of their lives. The aging process makes them no less amazing.
There is a great deal of common sense here. I consider common sense to be a rare and precious commodity.