Learning By Looking After Our Elders

We have a lot to learn from previous generations. That’s why we care for them and love them as they get older: because they did the same for us. During the experience, we grow a lot as people, and for good reason. There’s quite a few things you can learn from looking after an elderly person or relative, and here’s a few of the best things that can be taught that everybody should know for their own lives.

Learn to deal with responsibility when caring for an aging parent

Looking after our elders can teach us a lot about ourselves and the world in general. Pixabay photo (CC0).

How To Respond To Emergencies

We’ll all have to deal with an emergency at some point in our lives, and working in health and social care, or simply providing some own home care is one of the best ways to learn damage control. When you have something like medicalert.systems working for you to help out in taking care of someone when you’re not around, you realize it doesn’t ever have to be a one person job. Teamwork is the best way to keep an eye on a situation, even when the other person is an automated system!

How To Effectively Deal With Responsibility

You learn how to better pace yourself and how to take care of changes in a daily routine in ways that keep your sanity in check. It also means you’ll find yourself asking for help more often, which isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re better at communicating your own needs and depending upon other people, as self sufficiency isn’t realistic in most cases.

You’ll know what you can take on in the future, and you’ll be able to handle anything that comes your way in the form of physical and emotional troubles. There’s also a lot of practical knowhow that anyone would want to have.

How To Listen (and communicate better)

You might already think you know how to listen, whether because you’re a natural listener or you’ve had practice on kids. There’s always something more to know about how to properly listen. Listening also means you learn how to communicate via ways other than speaking, especially with hearing problems. Your unconditional love for an elderly parent, for example, can get you both through any troubles.

You Can Learn The Wisdom Of The Ages

This one is more an implicit action, but just by spending time with them and sitting down with them can mean you’re lifted into a whole world of stories. This kind of advice can always be fitted into our own daily lives, so it’s definitely worth it to know.

If you work in a care home, you’ll hear all sorts of stories on a daily basis, ones that can make you chuckle often enough. You’ll get some good tips on how to get out of sticky situations! If you’re looking after a relative, it allows you to spend more time together as a family unit.

So there’s a lot to learn from looking after our elders, both big and small. We’re all compassionate people deep down; bring it out in the best way.

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56 thoughts on “Learning By Looking After Our Elders

  1. Uniting with our elderly relatives is essential.
    There are societies that revere the elderly.They have earned a special place with their aged eyes of wisdom. Whether they are kind or nasty, there is a treasure chest to draw from.
    I think there is too, much of let’s put them in a home, instead of our home.
    Medical needs are a huge consideration, but many are simply old and seemingly in the way.
    We are a society that fawns over youth and beauty.
    It’s time we had a good look at ourselves!

    • Let’s look at ourselves and be proud of our facial lines that show experience and moments of laughter! You’re right about revering the elderly for the treasure trove of their minds. Another great comment you’ve left here, Resa! ❤

  2. Good post, Christy. My wife and I were the primary caregivers for her mother and aunt in their final days. Fortunately, we were retired and had the time to give. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much help and that was hard. Their experiences cause me to fear my own impending time of dependency.

  3. My sisters and I play “not it” with our mother, who isn’t really old yet but is already turning into her mother. Her mother is declining and it’s weird how the family dynamic changes and slides around.

  4. Great advice, as always, Christy. Now that I’m moving into “elder” status (some would say I’m there), I’ll need to share it with my younger ones. 🙂

  5. Christy,

    I love this post. I also believe that we must learn to listen. Because of that we have two ears and one mouth, to speak less and to listen more .That is very important in life.

    Thank you

  6. In the hustle & bustle of the modern world, it seems sometimes we lose our way to the important things….caring for elders, being one such important piece of our responsibilities.

    • You’re right that we get used to the fast-paced life.. let’s stop and chat to those around us, learn from them, and provide them the care they deserve.. Thanks my friend

  7. Your thoughts are wise and compassionate, Christy. Funny thing, I don’t mind at all being called an old woman or a crone. However, I still haven’t accepted being placed among the elderly even though I had my 80th birthday in December. Gosh! I’m almost 81!

    • There’s nothing to be ashamed of being called a senior at all, Ina, so I’m glad you’re feeling great and taking pride in your age 🙂 I think we get even better with age, like a fine wine! Woohoo you’re rocking the 80s ❤

  8. I know this firsthand Christy. My husband is 2 decades older than me. Hence, that is what my new upcoming book is all about – living and loving a senior. ❤

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  10. We can have very random, upside down, mixed up night and day days but they are all wonderful in their own way. Once I stopped trying to control the day and I just went with the flow, it has become much more enjoyable and less of a chore. Still exhausted at times but wouldn’t change our mixed up days together for anything. Wonderful post Christy xx

    • Great to hear from you, Dawn! You’ve got a motivating spirit and so glad we’ve connected ❤ As we head into the weekend, I hope yours includes some moments for yourself 🙂

        • Ooooh if you went to the concert I hope you had a wonderful time! I was at a rock concert on the weekend so we both were music lovers (well we’re always that way, actually, loving the tunes!). Thanks for the wonderful words, my friend ❤

        • I hope you had a fabulous time at your concert. I do d make it to mine and it was just uplifting with happiness. Loving our music. Will write a post about the evening xxx

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  12. I love caring elderly because most of them will tell stories about their younger years lives their success story how they manage difficulties and succeed etc.

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