Ruth Blizard, PhD

Individual and Group Psychotherapy

 

December 2017
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Eldercare Transitions

Eldercare Transitions

Caregiver stress

Parent-child role reversals

End-of life decisions

Bereavement

 

Caregiver stress

Caregivers need to find ways to ask for help from family and community resources so they can take care of themselves. Sometimes the need is for practical help with conflict resolution and negotiating with family for responsibility for care of aging relatives.

 

Parent-child role reversals

Being in the caregiving role opens up new opportunities for reflection and developing a more mature perspective on parents, perhaps a new understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and the world they lived in. With this come the challenges of appreciating their gifts, accepting what they couldn’t do, and finding forgiveness where appropriate.

 

End-of life decisions

Facing end-of life decisions is a challenge for family relationships. Sometimes it is a chance to communicate more deeply with loved ones, to discover what is truly meaningful to parents or siblings, to explore spiritual values, to learn to accept others’ beliefs.

 

Bereavement

Losing a parent or close relative can bring up many feelings, old and new, of love, loss, despair, anger, emptiness, relief and confusion. It is a time for reflection, expression of emotions, grieving what was lost and what was never there. Sorting through these feelings can offer the chance to gain new perspective on one’s self, relationships and purpose in life.