23 May Learning to care for elderly relatives
Local members of the Sandwich Generation recently learned ways on how to approach difficult subjects with aging parents.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida recently presented the discussion, “Role Reversal: How to Care for Aging Parents As Their Needs Change Over Time,” at two synagogues, Temple Beth Am in Miami and Temple Judea in Coral Gables. The keynote speaker was Judith Lieber, LMHC, JCS‘ vice president ofBehavioral Health Services, who taught the attendees how to deal with issues such as Intervening in parents’ finances, helping them surrender their driver’s license, deciding when personal care at home is needed, and how to take care of themselves in the process.
“I think it’s invaluable to provide this information because people have a huge amount of questions,” Lieber said following one of her discussions. “They need to know, and they want to know, how to do the right thing. They want the right information so they can honor their parents and care for them appropriately.”
During her discussion at Temple Beth Am, Lieber said that Judaism teaches people that it’s important to respect an aging parent’s wishes. She also mentioned that people can be somewhat conflict avoidant when discussing with their aging parents such information as a will but also said that it’s important to talk about it with them.