Valentine's Day is a holiday for couples. This holiday can be very painful when a loved one doesn’t have their husband or wife by their side. For your widowed mom or dad, they could be experiencing this pain. Watching others celebrate with their spouses can trigger deep sadness, and even depression, in your aging loved one.
A Blog by Jim Stinson, Director of Spiritual Life for United Methodist Homes “Do you Remember when, Grandma…?” As my family was waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready they were doing what most families do at holiday time. They were reminiscing. Since “Grandma” always lived with us she was a source of many memories, especially as she grew older and had ever-greater senility. No one was ever sure what she would say or when she would say it.
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The Administration of Aging publicizes and celebrates “Older Americans Month” in May every year as a way to help organizations demonstrate our commitment to honoring the value that elders contribute to our communities. This year the theme is “Unleash the Power of Age!” This month celebrates the contributions that thousands of older Americans across our nation have made. Currently 52% of older Americans volunteer their time through unpaid community service. They bring not only their experiences, talents, interests and skills to the organizations they serve, but also their creativity and vitality which help to enrich the lives of those whom they work with as well as their own.
Does this sound familiar… Mom needs to get to the doctor’s for an urgent medical concern and you are stuck at work, Dad just fell and needs help so someone has to get over to the house, or Auntie’s prescription has just run out and she doesn’t have medication to get through the rest of the week.