Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 NIV
Thoughts for Today
If you are not already caring for an aging loved one, you probably will be in the future. The elderly are the fastest growing age group in the United States. The reality is that people are living longer. Consequently, many people in middle age and beyond are facing the challenges of caring for an elderly parent or some other aging loved one.
Ideally, the best time to become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of caregiving and to prepare accordingly is before there is a need to provide support. However, you might find yourself in the middle of the situation before you have taken the time to prepare.
Consider this …
You don't have to be alone in this journey. It is often a lengthy journey, and it is so important to continue on with your own life, to take care of your own health, and to avoid neglecting your spouse or children. Try not to internalize everything and let things get bottled up inside. Help is available—from community organizations and government agencies … from family and friends … and most importantly, from God.
Whether you are currently knee-deep in a crisis situation or planning ahead, it is important for you to take steps now to learn about the programs and resources in your area and the be willing to accept the help that you need.
Throughout these steps, ask God for guidance …
If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. James 1:5-6 MSG
Father, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed. Please show me step-by-step how to go about getting help and advice so that my parent can benefit from help that is available. And teach me to balance my time … and to commit my concerns to you. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Caregiving: Caring for Aging Parents by Charles Puchta. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide hope and direction to those concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or an ill spouse or relative. We address predominate issues most families face. Each session is designed to discuss a specific area of concern such as the purpose of a caregiver or end-of-life planning. It will become clear to participants that the Bible provides encouragement and direction to help them through this caregiving journey. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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