Senior Parents Less Concerned about Wellbeing than
are Adult Children
Caring for aging parents is often referred to as the
new mid-life crisis
Nov. 22, 2013 A new survey of nearly 400 aging
parents and adult children finds the children are generally more
concerned about their aging parent's wellbeing than the older adult is
about his or her own situation.
Both generations are concerned about the older
adult's general health and safety and about driving, according to the
survey in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month by LifeBridge
Solutions, a life transition planning and daily money management firm
Survey results indicate, however, that the aging
parents top concerns include worry about running out of money and how
they will pay for care, while the adult children worry about their
parent not asking for (or accepting) the help they need and about their
parent's inability to manage medications.
"Unfortunately, adult children often live a long
distance from their aging parents and don't see them as often as they'd
like. As a result, they worry about what's going on with Mom or Dad and
feel a need to put mechanisms in place to keep their parent safe, says
LifeBridge Solutions' President Sheri L. Samotin.
By the same token, many aging parents are adept at
hiding their need for assistance from their children as they fear that
their children will try to take over."
Samotin is the author of the forthcoming book,
Facing the Finish: A Road Map for Aging Parents and Adult Children.
While only 25% of the aging parents surveyed report
that they are stressed because of their adult children, nearly twice as
many adult children report being stressed because of their aging
Consistent with these results, it is not surprising
that more adult children than aging parents would change something about
their relationship with the other generation.
However, the top thing both groups would change is
to live closer to and/or see the other more often.
The next most common wish for both groups is to
have better relationships with one another.
According to government statistics an estimated 25%
of adult children currently provide hands-on or supervisory care for one
or more of their parents. This number has tripled over the past fifteen
years and is expected to increase dramatically as the population ages.
Caring for aging parents is often referred to as the new mid-life
The national survey was conducted online November
12 14, 2013.
LifeBridge Solutions, LLC, founded in 2009 provides
life transition planning, daily money management and medical billing
advocacy services to clients nationwide.
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