Questions Your Elderly Parent Will Begin Asking You As They Grow Older

Family/ Parenting - Caregiving
By: snowfence    
10-Mar-2011

Introduction:As people grow old they always seem to have the same questions. There are countless questions that the elderly ask, but here are the top five questions that your elderly parent will be asking you as they grow older.

  • 01

    Remote and Phone

    Many, many times you will be hearing questions from your elderly parent concerning the whereabouts of their phone and their remote. They will no longer be able to distinguish which is which between the two.

    This is quite frustrating for your elderly parent. It is also quite frustrating for you. It is a hard thing to watch them as they fumble around with the two, not remembering how to use either one.

    There will always be other questions erupting from your elderly parent concerning the whereabouts of other items they own, such as their cane, their glasses, their purse, and their walker.

    Just be patient, and help them as much as you can.

  • 02

    Death

    It is pretty sad when you first hear your elderly parent ask you why people have to die. They have gone through their entire life being unconcerned really with death, but as they grow older, the reality faces inward.

    They have seen members of their family die, they have seen many old classmates die, along with many friends and neighbors.

    It is a bit scary when you first hear one of your elderly parents asking you questions like this. After all, they have always dealt with death. It is just so hard, though, realizing that your life here will eventually have to end.

    Be prepared to comfort them when they ask you these questions.

  • 03

    Done Well

    Another question that your elderly parent will begin to ask you about is their life. They will want to know if you think that they have done a good job in raising you and your siblings. It becomes very important to your elderly parent as they grow older to hear from you that they have done well in life.

    It is very comforting for your elderly parent to know that they have done the right things in life and that they have done the best job that they can. It is wise to gently reassure them that they have in fact done quite well, and that you sincerely appreciate all that they have done.

  • 04

    Visit

    Many times, your elderly parent will ask you where you have been. As your parents age, they really do begin to feel quite lonely. They really need you to stop by and visit them often.

    You need to keep a close eye on your elderly parent. As they age, more and more, they forget to take their medicines, which medicine is for what and when to take it. They forget to have their medications refilled, and you will even find them putting medications from one bottle into another.

    With things like this being so common among the elderly, surely you can see why it is so important to visit them more often. They really enjoy your presence and are extremely grateful for it.

  • 05

    Date

    You can also very well expect for your elderly parent to someday be asking you what day it is. They may ask you if it is the 30th yet or not. Be prepared to look at their checkbook and their bills at this time. That is, if you have not already done this.

    It is important for you to be sure if they are even asking about the right month. Your aging parent may be asking you about whether it is the 30th of June yet, while it is nearly October or November.

    As your parent ages, be prepared for common questions like these. Be sure to watch over them as best as you can. Also, remember that it is so important that you let them know that you love them as much as possible.





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  • clewand550 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    Nice list. It is hard to see and imagine your parents like this. Someday we will be doing the same things. H5 list.

  • Nyla 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Very well written thank you.

  • litetender 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    I hear the "what day is it" a lot from my 88 year old mil whom my family cares for. Also time of day issues ... when she wakes up from a nap she doesn't know if it's the morning again, or what ... sad, sweet, silly time of life. Time to be patient and gentle ... as they once were with you.

  • goodselfme 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    thank you for your great eye opening list of questions the elderly will be asking.

  • ListingToTheLeft 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list. It is sad to watch an elderly parent ask these questions. Heck I have trouble with my phone and 3 remotes so it's no wonder an even MORE elderly person would too.

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