You see older friends who are failing; failing to care for their personal hygiene needs, to care for their homes, to care for their nutritional needs and you tell yourself you’ll never be that way. How many of us when we were younger swore we would never become like our parents only to find that we became like our parents? It’s much easier to notice that others need help than to notice that we actually need help ourselves. You’re insulted that some of your friends are mentioning that you need to shower and wash your hair. How could their comments possibly be accurate when you’ve always been so immaculate in caring for yourself your entire life? You have no children or family available to help or to tell you any different. Maybe it’s time to value the interest of your friends in attempting to offer help. If they lose interest in helping you, who will you have?

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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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