Parenting Aging Parents
If you’re a woman over 40, there’s a good chance you are currently – or might soon be – caring for your aging parents. How that looks for you might be completely different to me due to our differing circumstances, however the reality is that many of us end up the same boat of parenting our parents during our midlife years.
Fortunately for us, Mike and Kim Barnes have not only walked this path themselves, but have created a business that provides resources and support to help adult children through this often challenging stage of life. It was a pleasure to interview them recently for this episode of the Rocking Midlife® Podcast and I highly recommend that you listen in for some easy, practical tips that you can use right away.
Here’s some of Mike and Kim’s story:
Over the past five years, Mike and Kim Barnes found themselves navigating problems they never saw coming from their parents: Alzheimer’s, pacemakers, COVID pneumonia, and the tough decision to move elderly parents into retirement communities.
They’ve learned to balance the many facets of parenting elderly parents, including medical, financial, and everyday-life decisions, emotional rollercoasters, protecting their parents from scams, and more, all while parenting their college-age kids, and building their careers.
Mike & Kim each spent 30 years on TV. Kim’s TV career includes 15 years as an award-winning reporter and news anchor and Mike’s includes 29 years as an award-winning sportscaster.
They’ve realized that so many adult children go through the same trials with their parents, yet hardly anyone talks about it. Most struggle in silence, and that’s why they created a community to provide information, resources, and support for the caregivers to older parents.
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We cover a lot of information in this episode, including:
- What conversations adult children need to have with their aging parents right now
- The challenge of having aging parents living with you
- Dealing with potential areas of conflict
- Managing your own emotions while caring for your aging parents and how to find support
Parenting aging parents is a scenario that many of us will face at some point, and I know that you’ll find Mike and Kim’s practical, yet empathetic advice encouraging.
Want to find out more?
- Discover Mike and Kim’s resources at their website HERE
- Join Mike and Kim’s free support group “Parenting Aging Parents” HERE
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