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Tips for adapting to changing roles

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People play various roles in life; they may be a parent, a grandparent, a friend or an employee. Life changes such as retirement or an illness may be preventing your loved one from fulfilling the roles they once played. As a result, they may be suffering and feeling a sense of loss from having these important roles taken away.

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Here are some ways to help your loved one adapt to these changes:

* Modify involvement in a role. As an example, your loved one may no longer be able to care for energetic toddlers, but they still can share stories and teach the ways of the world to older children and grandchildren.

* Remove obstacles. If your loved one has lost the ability to drive, call your Area Agency on Aging. They will tell you about social services, including transportation options for seniors, which can help your loved one stay involved in activities they enjoy.

* Find new activities. If your loved one once enjoyed attending social events or cooking meals for friends and family, help them plan a catered gathering of friends.

This is another article written by LiftCaregiving. Its website, www.liftcaregiving.com, is an online resource for caregivers.

New chapters can bring new adventures and even new joys in life.  What has worked for you and your family? Let us know by calling Colleen Fritsch at 651-234-2222 or send me an email at Colleen.Fritsch@ DARTS1.org.

Housing decisions

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Hastings Community Ed is presenting “Housing Decisions“ at Tilden Community Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Planning for housing options as we age can be overwhelming. Learn what options are out there, how to navigate through the decisions that need to be made whether you choose to remain in your home, downsize, live in a senior community or plan for long- term care. Presenters are Colleen Fritsch from DARTS and Tim Thrush, senior counsel for Global Closing and Title Services in Eagan. Please RSVP to Community Education by calling 651-480-7689.

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