March 29th, 2011 at 10:14 am
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Teenage tips: How to take care of elderly parents

by Katie Price

I am 13 and I am in 7th grade. I am planning to go to high school to complete an IB (International Baccalaureate) program. Then I will go to Stanford and try to get into the horse program and major in biotechnology. After college I will get a job, a house and eventually a family. When I am grown up my parents will start needing my help. They have always taken care of me very much. I have always been reminded of the happy moments so much that I don’t know which ones are memories and which ones are stories that have been told thousands of times. Why shouldn’t I take care of them? I should.

Since I am only 13 I can’t imagine taking care of my parents. Not while they are the rulers of the house and if I want something I must earn it from them. But they will get old someday. Before doing anything I would consider the severity of the symptoms and ask if they would both need treatment or not. If they started:

  1. Getting arthritis and unable to move very well, I could get them a trained monkey or a robot to help them do their chores.
  2. Going blind, I could get them some glasses, laser eye surgery (if I become a millionaire, or a several thousand-aire,) there is the possibility of a seeing-eye dog or in the future they could possibly get eye implants.
  3. Having hearing loss, I would get them medical attention and get hearing aids if necessary. Depending on the severity of the hearing loss I would make an effort to learn sign language and teach it to them so that they could communicate.
  4. To have trouble living on their own, I would get them some medical alarms, hire a maid to help them, or work hard to convince them to go to a nursing home or an elderly home (again, if I become a millionaire.)
  5. To become diabetic, I would make sure that they are taking the right medication and I would find a decent brand of sugar free sweets.
  6. To get cancer, I would help to pay for surgery to remove it and care afterwards, or I would help to pay for and cope with chemotherapy (in this case I would also buy them some decent wigs to go out in public with.)
  7. To get dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, I would put them in a nursing home with 24/7 care, get proper medical help, and visit them regularly and encourage other close relatives or friends to visit them too.

I know that there are many other things that happen when people get old. I just don’t know them all. These are just some of the things that could happen. After all I don’t know what my parents will be like when we get older. But the most important thing would be to visit them regularly and continue a close relationship.

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3 Comments to “Teenage tips: How to take care of elderly parents”

  1. Wayne


    At Modern Health Talk we’ve learned how OLD people feel about aging. It’s refreshing to hear how YOUNG people feel. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bobby Drake

    Love the article. Hope to use some of these ideas as my parents get old too.

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