Are You Caring for Elderly Parents? If So, You Need These New Year’s Resolutions

A person in a wheelchair.
So many New Year’s resolutions seem the same time after time: save money, lose weight, stop smoking, etc. They’re always about adding one more thing to your to-do list, which means more time and effort from you. But if you’re caring for elderly parents, putting another item on that list may be the last thing you want to do. However, certain items may actually make things in your life easier – not harder. Here are some very special resolutions to consider making if you’re the caregiver for a senior.

Take care of your health

When it comes to looking after your own well-being, the best medicine may be preventative medicine. This includes getting all your necessary vitamins, flu shots and other vaccines, exercising (even a half an hour a day), and eating right. During airline emergencies, they tell you to put your own gas mask on first, and the same goes for taking care of your health. If you get seriously ill, who’s going to be there for your senior?

Join a support group

Getting rid of the toxic buildup of stress, frustration, anger, and worry is a lot easier when you can share what you’re going through with others. Find a caregivers’ support group near you, and you may soon start feeling less alone and better able to cope.

Guard your time

If you’re responsible for a senior, you need to be wary of how you spend your time. Don’t feel you have to say “yes” to everything. This is true for everyone, but especially true when you’re caring for elderly parents. You probably have fewer unstructured hours than the general population, so literally think of your time as money. Don’t “spend” it on anything you don’t feel is worthwhile, or that you just can’t handle right now.

Get outside help

There’s no shame in admitting you need help to take care of your senior. Frequently, a certified home health aide can take a great deal of the burden off you – even if they’re just part-time. You may also want to look into a nurse or someone to help manage medications and treatments that become overwhelming. If you’re worried about cost, there may be more payment options than you realize, including Medicaid. Be sure to explore all avenues for getting the extra assistance you need and deserve.

Have fun with your senior

It may sound like a strange resolution, but don’t forget to have fun with your senior (if you can). Of course, this will depend on their individual abilities, but it doesn’t have to involve going anywhere, spending money, or unnecessarily exerting yourself. It can be as simple as looking at an old photo album together, singing favorite songs, or sharing treasured family stories.
The point is just to do something that reminds you of how much you love each other. It can also help remind you, the caregiver, that the time you spend with your senior doesn’t always have to be about duty, anxiety, and stress.

Give yourself a break

We know it’s hard when you don’t seem to have a spare moment, but if you can, don’t be afraid to take time for yourself. Relaxing and rejuvenating is essential to both your physical and mental health. Many times, this is a lot easier when you can rely on trusted, professional caregivers. Even if it’s just a hot bath or an hour with a good book, a little “me” time can go a long way.

Caring for elderly parents takes resolve

We know that caring for elderly parents means you make resolutions 365 days a year, and not just once when you start the calendar afresh. You rededicate yourself to looking after their health, well-being, safety, and happiness every time you get up in the morning. You are already stronger and tougher than you know, and probably doing a better job as a caregiver than you imagine. So, if you must make one more resolution this year, let it be this: celebrate yourself and the caring person that you are!
If you are unsure of how to best help an aging loved one, the trained and compassionate staff at the Institute on Aging is here to help you make that decision and gain the best in at-home senior care. Contact us to find out more.

Institute on Aging

Institute on Aging

Related Posts


Give our dedicated Client Service Specialists a call. We are ready to help.

Follow Us

As we approach the end of #SocialWorkMonth, Institute on Aging would like to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the incredible work being done by all of our Community Living Fund and HomeSafe social workers.

These dedicated professionals have shown unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care to clients and building strong, vibrant communities. We are consistently impressed by the passion and expertise they bring to their work and their ability to connect with clients in meaningful ways. Our CLF and HomeSafe social workers have risen to this challenge time and time again, going above and beyond to support the individuals and families they serve.

At Institute on Aging, we are grateful every day for our social work teams' hard work and dedication. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to these outstanding professionals for all they do to make a difference in our clients' and communities' lives. You truly embody the spirit of social work, and we are honored to have you as part of our team.

#ThankYou #SocialWork #Appreciation #SocialWorkers #Gratitude #SocialWorkerAppreciation
Sophia became a part of the Community Living Fund team in December 2022, joining at a critical time when additional coverage was required for certain cases. Additionally, CLF was in the process of introducing a new assessment and implementing CalAim services for San Francisco members.

Sophia has been an essential contributor to these ongoing initiatives while effectively managing a caseload of Intensive Case Management (ICM) clients. We were thrilled to receive positive feedback about her support for the TRCS program, which demonstrates her dedication to the agency's mission. CLF is grateful to have a Case Manager like Sophia, who is passionate about serving San Francisco's vulnerable population.

#SocialWorkMonth #WeAppreciateyou #ThankYou #SupportatHome #CaseManager #SocialWorkerAppreciation
Three and a half years ago, Maggie Fang started her journey as an Assessment Specialist in the Support at Home Program at IOA. Her excellent people skills enabled her to manage a caseload of older adults and individuals with disabilities, helping them receive homecare to age in place. Maggie was selected to pioneer the Temporary Respite Caregiver Support program, and we are delighted to have such a skilled and dedicated individual leading our newest program at IOA. Thank you, Maggie, for your exceptional work! 

#SocialWorkMonth #WeAppreciateyou #ThankYou #SupportatHome #CaseManager #SocialWorkerAppreciation
Join us at the Adult Day Program at the Enrichment Center as Caregiver Coach Alex shares with us the incredible support and care provided to participants living with dementia. Clients enjoy various engaging activities, from music therapy to art classes, designed to stimulate their cognitive and physical abilities. The skilled staff at the Enrichment Center also provides caregivers with much-needed support and respite, allowing them to take a break and attend to their needs. If you or someone you know is looking for support in caring for a loved one with dementia, the Adult Day Program at the Enrichment Center in the Presidio is an excellent resource for you! 

Learn more by visiting the link in our bio! 

#DementiaCare #EnrichmentCenter #AdultDayProgram #CaregiverSupport #Presidio #Dementia #Memory #Caregiver