Take care of your parents as the years pass

It’s never easy to see your parents growing older. As they age, it’s necessary to take even closer care of them to ensure they get the care they need. Here are a few things to keep in mind as your parents approach their golden age:

Keep in touch

Your parents, as much as you may think otherwise, don’t mind hearing from their kids, even when they least expect it. Remember, they raised you and as long as you’ve stayed on good terms with them, more than likely wouldn’t mind a call, email, chat or even a letter if you don’t live close enough for a quick visit.

Visit their home regularly

Despite your distance, it’s a good idea to try and visit regularly just to see that they’re maintaining a presentable home. Signs of a deteriorating home could be a cause for concern.

Keep an eye on their physical state

Do you notice that your mom or dad developed a cough or limp that has become more prominent? Ask them about it. Don’t let them ignore what may seem like a chronic condition even if they want to continually ignore it. Stay on their case and make them see a doctor, even if you have to go with them.

Monitor their financial situation

Watch for any new friends of theirs who hangs around the house a lot, while your parents turn a blind eye to anything they do in their home? Make sure that someone doesn’t try to take advantage of them financially as they grow older. Tell them to beware of scams that ask for lots of money up front and for them to call you first if there’s ever an issue with someone asking them for cash.

Need to point your mom or dad in the right direction? Check out BALANCE’S Financial Fitness Program that focus on senior issues.

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