Things That You Don’t Want to Do with Your Elderly Mother
I’m not going to take you on a ride down memory lane to my childhood. I will look at what I do and what I don’t want to do with my mother instead. We can all make decisions, whether we like them or not. This article will give you a list of ten things that you don’t want to do with your elderly mother.
1. Never treat your elderly mother as a child or pet
While it may make you feel like you and your elderly mother have switched roles, she’s still your parent. Just because she starts acting like a kid doesn’t mean you can treat her as a young girl. She has the right to be treated with respect. If you want to treat your mother like a loved one, you need to stop calling her Mom and stop bringing gifts with you.
2. Don’t want to take your mother to the doctor?
This is fine. However, don’t expect to be able to get through life without visiting the doctor at least once a year. Naturally, elderly people may have health issues as they grow old.
3. Your elderly mother is not your responsibility.
Just because your father took care of your mother during his lifetime doesn’t mean that you have to. Take care of your own health and your own living conditions. If you are healthy, you can live independently on your own. However, it is still up to you if you want to live and/or live with your mother.
4. Don’t want to be alone? Don’t get involved in activities that may make you lonely.
Just because you have a good job and a supportive partner doesn’t mean that you should get your life organized for you. Find what really makes you happy. This same feeling would be that with your aging parent. She too would not want to be alone in the twilight of her life.
Meanwhile, you have a choice to send her for an assisted living or any other solution but do this in a way that is agreeable to everyone.
5. I don’t want to care for my elderly mother because I don’t want to feel guilty.
I know that it feels hard sometimes, but you must admit that loving the elderly is a challenge and difficult. Living without your loved ones is not easy. For this reason, you should do all you can to make life better for yourself.
Love your mother. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Just as long as you show some form of affection to your mother every single day, she’ll love you even more for it.
6. Never tell your mother that she is telling the same story again and again.
Your aging mother can still hear and maybe hurt when you tell her that she’s repeating herself. Try to ask her leading questions which may elicit a different story, so you won’t hear her story over and over. Tell her to share some memories like her favorite activities or things to do. Stick to happy and positive topics to discuss rather than negative ones.
7. Vent as much as you can and find ways to express your feelings.
Try to vent if you are resentful or angry when your mother refuses to administer her medicine or move to a safe living institution. Do this in other means rather than turning to your parents. Strategize with or confide in a sibling, online support, therapist, senior living advisor, or a friend. This is very significant especially if you are the primary caregiver to your mom.
8. Avoid negating the behavior of your aging mother, understand what motivates it instead.
Take time to understand how your mother’s feelings may help in better communication. It remains beneficial to realize the importance of her autonomy. Try to ask yourself questions related to her behavior. Determining the main cause of her behavior helps identify the best way for positive changes.
Nagging will not yield any viable solution. People, especially the elderly, do not respond well to perceived or real nagging. This might be helpful to stop insisting your mom in updating her phone or complete other tasks. Decide what issues she needs to focus on instead. Take into consideration matters involving her safety. Consider that she will likely consider your concerns if not being bombarded.
9. Never lose patience when caring for your elderly mother.
You may find it ironic, but you need to listen to your mom no matter how annoying she may seem to you. As mentioned earlier, elderly parents’ behavior may resemble that of the children. Never take your mother for granted as this is the stage of her life when she needs you the most. Listen not just hear her.
10. Love your mother. It doesn’t matter how you do it.
Just because you love your mother doesn’t mean that you should be obligated to care for her. Take time out to enjoy your time as a couple. Yes, this is so true, but she needs you, too! Your mother will be your greatest blessing and she deserves your love too. Don’t let anything make you change that fact.
The great thing about mothers is that they made great choices throughout their life. Some of which may be difficult, but worth it. Don’t let that make you feel guilty when you realize that it is not easy for you to care for your elderly mother. Your mother will appreciate you if you love her unconditionally. Show her that you care and that you will always be there for her no matter what!
You may wonder how your relationship with your family member will look after you pass this on. You want your loved one to remember you fondly and without regretting your absence. Love is the best gift so make sure you spend plenty of time with them.
Your mother is part of your family and you must do everything you can to ensure that she has everything she needs in the world. If you can, let her know that she has a place in your heart and that you will do anything to make her feel loved.
Make your life easier for your elderly mother. Give her your love, respect, and a warm smile. You can make sure that she is able to maintain strong and healthy mental health for as long as possible.
Remember, this list is a starting point. Don’t let it dictate what you do with your elderly mother. See to it that you keep a journal for your list of things that you absolutely, positively do not want to do with your parent.