Parenting a Parent: Seminar to Give Advice

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Parenting a Parent: Seminar to Give Advice


Byline: Sheri Buttstadt

As young adults, most of us had some sort of game plan for our lives.

For most of us, that plan entailed graduating from college, getting a decent job, finding a lifemate and getting married, followed by having and raising children.

Most of us rarely thought about getting older, but we are beginning to do so now. We are near that stage when we allow ourselves the pleasure of dreaming about the next phase of life - retirement.

You know, the part of your life when you dare to start thinking of kicking back and having some fun with your spouse again.

For many adults who are part of the baby boom, or the older "sandwich" generations, just when it looks like clear sailing, life often throws a wrench in those big plans.

Many of these adults are now faced with the unexpected challenge of becoming caregivers for their aging parents or other older relatives: Suddenly, as your parents' aging bodies and/or minds begin to betray them, you must look after your parents as they did for you as a child.

Regardless of how great a relationship you may have with your parents, this reversal of roles can create tremendous stress for all involved.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by taking on the role of a caregiver while trying to balance your work schedule and personal life, there is help for you.

Erin Houlihan, a gerontologist, will present a seminar, "Parenting Your Aging Parents," on Jan. 14 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 340 Grand Blvd.

The informational meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is being hosted by the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women and is open to the public. The BLCW will hold its general meeting at 7 p.m.

Houlihan will address issues in caring for senior citizens and strategies for balancing their often complex, changing needs while juggling the demands of your own life. …

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