May 12, 2015 - 08:02 AM
Have you sat down with your parents to ask specifically how they are feeling about the situation? That may help you and your parents come up with some ideas to help compensate for their disabilities. If these inabilities are relatively new, it may take time to adapt to a slower pace. Spending time with your parents and showing that you care will help to encourage them. You mentioned that they can no longer watch their grandkids unassisted. Hopefully, they still get to spend time with their grandkids, even if it is for a more limited period of time.
Many communities have adult community centers that provide activities of interest to senior citizens. Moving to an independent or an assisted living facility that provides a variety of activities could be an option. A Place for Mom can help your parents investigate the availability of such a facility in their community. You stated that your parents enjoyed gardening. Some activities, like gardening can be scaled back to helping them plant seeds or small plants in a small planter, pots, or even, a smaller area of the garden, that is easier for them to reach.
An occupational therapist can be helpful in assisting one adapt their activities when dealing with a physical or mental disability. If your parents’ conditions have changed recently, their doctor(s) could order therapy evaluations. I have seen people make remarkable improvement with the help of physical and/or occupational therapy.
May 10, 2016 - 10:24 AM