Taking care of aged grandparents
Usually, these grandkids are the closest to their grandparent or they live closer to the elderly one than other people or just because there is no one else.
Why are young adults faced with so many problems caring for their grandparents?
In most cases, grandchildren who have to take care of their grandparents are young adults in their 20s or their late teens. They’re at a point in their lives where their friends are starting their careers, in colleges, have active social lives, jobs, and can decide the direction of their lives. These young caregivers on the other hand, are thrust into responsibility that not even all mature adults can handle.
In addition, these young caregivers become isolated form their peers and they have a lot of emotional upheavals to deal with. They have to be able to manage having a life, navigating the health system and managing sometimes uncooperative elders.
How can young caregivers find support?
- Find mentors in your local community who can guide you on how to take care of your grandparents.
- Get resources from your state’s National Family Caregiver Support Program. Just go to your state website and search for “aging”
- Get help from your Local Area Agency on Aging or other organizations that deal with aging
- Join a support group for young caregivers
- Consider putting the aged ones in assisted living facilities or hire in-home care.
It is important that you always bear in mind that you are at the point in your life where you should be pursuing your dreams and building your future. Your grandparents would understand and they will be glad that you have a great life or are at least making an attempt to have one. Therefore, you should not feel guilty when asking for assistance in taking care of your grandparents.