by Elleanor Gaccetta
Aging is a natural part of life, and it affects each and every family.
The extent to which the aging of a member affects a family may not be evident at first, but time will always come when these effects become apparent and serious.
An overall decline in physical and mental vitality, which naturally comes with aging, may result to visible and even drastic changes in the appearance, capability,
and well-being of a family member. When this happens, long-term care may be necessary.
Taking care of elderly family members is the responsibility of the younger ones.
Being part of one family demands everyone in it to foster unconditional love and offer a helping hand, especially when challenges and difficulties arise.
However, before assuming the responsibility of taking care of elderly family members,
family caregivers first need to consider some essential things to determine whether or not they can effectively carry out their obligation: their capacity, knowledge, and ability on self-care.
Capacity to help elderly family members in their daily needs
People tend to become weaker and less capable of doing many things as they age. Physical activities, particularly, begin to become exhausting as people reach past their mid-life age.
This happens because, as people get older, their muscles tend to lose their size and strength, which can contribute so much to fatigue, weakness,
and reduced tolerance to physical activities such as exercise. When an elderly family member reaches this stage, they may already need the complete assistance of a family caregiver.