Let’s turn the tables around for a moment. What life habits do we have now that will make it difficult for others to care for us in the future? Are we the independent type who will find it very difficult to accept help? Are we the dependent type who will find it difficult not to have someone else caring for us even if it’s only a spouse who cleans the house, cooks or balances the checkbook? Are we the person who works and has no “real” hobbies that will find life more difficult when we retire or lose our mobility? There are many examples of habits and behaviors that will make it difficult for someone to care for us. Why not look at these now, at whatever age we are, and try to have an open mind to new experiences or ways of doing things. The more varied a lifestyle we have that includes hobbies, social activities and the concept of being flexible the easier it will be for us to accept care and for others to care for us when we’re younger. And just think, parents set an example for their children. By setting an example now, parents can teach children to do the same when their time comes. It’s almost like training your caregivers now for what might happen later.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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