Your Aging Parents Have their Goals and Dreams Too?
Remember the words of the wise that says, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions?
Have your aging parents or elderly grandparents lost their vision and dreams? This is the time to step up and help them decide to live a full life, not a life that is wasting away. Step up and gently remind your aging parents that you love them and you want the best for them.
Questions that you can start with:
How would your next five years look like?
What would you do if you are not able to drive?
Where would you like to live in the next five years?
What does an ideal day look like for you?
If money is not a hindrance, what would you like to do in the next five years?
Our aging parents and grandparents have been through the seasons of life and sometimes they have forgotten to look after their own needs. Their home environment may be neglected or they have never gone for a vacation for a long time. Some are so restricted in their movement and they may even be housebound most of the days in a week.
Do you know what their dreams and goals are?
They may have dreamt about taking that Alaskan cruise all their lives but never took the time or money to go on one. They might still have that depression era mentality where every penny counts and they have never gone on a vacation overseas or out of state!
Can you imagine living a life sacrificing for their children and putting their dreams on hold? Now that they are aging….they feel insecure and unsure of how to book a vacation of their dream.
Maybe they need you to accompany them to a destination of their dreams…Hawaii or Paris. If you don’t ask questions and have a heart to heart conversation with them…you will never find out.
Many times I hear stories of how someone said, my mom wants to go to London all her life but since my dad died…she never picked up the courage to go. She did not live the life of her dreams even when she had the money to pay for the trip.
Conversations about their goals and dreams can help shed regrets they may have to live when they are totally homebound. Have you heard of elderly parents that talk about their trips if there is someone who will listen to them? Those fun trips and memories bring smiles in their eyes when they tell stories about them.
Have you seen your aging parents eyes light up lately?
What are they thinking?
Are they living the life of their dreams?
You can help make it happen for them as they enter into the aging stage of their lives. By giving them suggestions, helping them plan the trip of their dreams or just lending them a hand for the things that need to be done in the home.
When you take time to listen, you will gain more knowledge about life and know your aging parents even more…it helps in bonding with each other.
After all, their years on earth are limited as you may be imagining right now. The unexpected happens really quickly in life.
Take the time now to act on it…at the same time we, at Keeping in Touch Solutions, will help you in the other needs that your aging parents may have. That is to have someone who will personally stay in touch with them everyday…to ensure they are safe and that they take their daily medication.
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Diana Beam is an entrepreneur with a vision and a heart for the elderly. She has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, long term care administrator, home health care pioneer, senior real estate specialist and owner of Keeping in Touch Solutions. Her passion is to see working women and men with elderly parents set free from guilt of not having time or proximity to their aging parents and helping the elderly with their aging needs and transition challenges. Diana lives in Indiana with her husband Ron and they have 3 grown children, 2 grandsons and a golden retriever named Hope and a calico cat named Ms Dottie. Grab her free report, 7 ways to provide maximum support to your parents, today. If you’d like to learn more about Diana and how she helps elderly clients through Keeping in Touch Solutions, check out her website at www.