Caring or providing support for parents can be stressful. Not knowing any better most of us wait until our parent(s) have problems and need help. They’re our parents and we see them capable of taking care of themselves. We forget that those in their 70’s and 80’s today have only high school educations or less. Some were fortunate to have college educations, but the majority have a basic education and were not exposed to the education and information we as children take for granted. And our parents are proud and do not want to admit they need help or don’t want us children taking over.  Some actually welcome the help. I hear from many children involved in the care of their parents that they are going to make sure their children “don’t have to go through this”. For those of you who have been through this experience what does this mean for you?

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