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3 Reasons Why Your Elder Parent May Feel Frustrated

Caregiver Stress in Bedford, TX – Here are a Few Little Known Reasons Your Elderly Loved One Could Be Upset Regularly

How many times have we heard complaints from our aging loved ones? Driving to this place for dinner takes too long and the service is bad. Cleaning the kitchen with a certain type of cleaner smells or doesn’t get things clean enough. Sometimes, trying to do the right things and helping our older relatives often backfires because they tend to be very set in their ways and complain endlessly when something is done differently.

For some seniors, this type of complaining may just be how they regularly communicate. Much can be learned from how a parent or relative acted in their younger years. If they complained and offered advice when none was asked for, then that might just be how they have learned to communicate. It could be very difficult to encourage them to change. In this case, you may have to ‘turn a deaf ear’ when the complaining starts.

Other times, acting out or being frustrated all the time may be the result of things like medication, poor health, or changes in a loved one’s independence. These can include:

  1. Medication – Certain combinations of medication can cause numerous side effects for older adults. Think about the commercials we see on the television for certain drugs. Now imagine taking two or three of those types of medications to combat various health risks and illness. While high blood pressure and diabetes may be helped by medications, it may also account for the increased headaches, pain, and general discomfort of your loved one.
  2. Aging – In general, aging can be a difficult thing for adults. People who have been able to take care of themselves for decades may suddenly need help with simple tasks. For most seniors, this is frustrating and may be one of the reasons why a loved one is always angry.
  3. Lack of privacy – Imagine if every day, someone had to help you do everything every step of the way. Grooming, getting dressed, using the restroom, eating, going to the store – it’s not easy for a very dependent elderly person to accept help. Once they get used to it, these feelings will subside. Most elderly persons become very attached to their caregivers, who become close friends and companions.

The first step to take is making an appointment for your senior parent to go see their doctor and get a checkup. Many of the above problems can be remedied at least in some small way, especially if it is medicine or health related.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care in Bedford, TX, contact the caregivers at Seniors Helping Seniors. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call 817-953-2488 for more information.

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Joy Parrish

Joy is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has been in the Long Term Care business for over 28 years. The past 16 years has been focused in the sales-sales management/marketing of the ancillary service area.
Joy has 2 grown daughters. The oldest one lives in Denver. The youngest is in the DFW Metroplex.
Joy has lived in the DFW Metroplex area for over 27 years. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, gardening and reading.

Joy Parrish was the featured guest on Apostle Radio’s talk show, “Women Mentoring Women” with Chary Horton. The show was broadcast over the internet at 1:00 pm on Monday, July 2, 2012.

Joy was very excited about the opportunity to participate in Chary’s program. Duration of the show is approximately 12 minutes.

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