Some Jamaicans may say that caring for elderly parents can be difficult for family members, especially if they aren't proactive. Social interactions are extremely important to an elderly person's mental and emotional health. Regular interactions with people of all ages should be encouraged. One family member should never have the sole responsibility for caring for an elderly family member.
Traditionally, one might expect the children to look after their elderly parents, but grandchildren, nieces, nephews and siblings should also be involved. An entire family looking after its members reduces the overwhelming burden. Remember that elderly adults are not children. While some of your parents or grandparents suffer from mental frailties such as Alzheimer’s and maybe even dementia, the majority usually remain mentally active and alert.
Do not talk to them as though you are in charge. Remember to always show thoughtfulness, compassion and respect.
Do you play an active role in your elderly family member’s life?