WHETHER YOU ARE the aging loved one or the adult child, the journey through aging is often stressful. Learning to maintain balance and reasonable expectations will minimize the strain on everyone involved.
Talk with each other about the frustrations or fears that each generation is experiencing, including feelings of weariness and vulnerability. Try to understand each other’s point of view. Work together to define some reasonable expectations. Remember that having a des- ignated day to visit or a regularly scheduled phone call can help calm the anxiety of an older loved one and ease the guilt of an adult child. Creating a rotation system with other family members or friends will also provide a sense of security. Finally, consider how your dependence on others resembles your dependence on God.
Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God
From page 14 of Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
How can you show God’s love by expressing understanding and appreciation for other generations? Share your thoughts.
“Honor your father and mother”—this is the first commandment with a promise: “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
—Ephesians 6:2-3, NRSV
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Dear Lord, Give me eyes to see beyond the stresses of my current situation.
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