Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

This is one of the last photos I have of my dad. Just over 3 years ago, he passed away. It was an incredibly difficult time for me, compounded by the fact that I couldn’t be there to help care for him. Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for sponsoring this post.

I did feel lucky, though, because he had helpers who supported him through his illness. It was a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I could send along healthy recipes for them to make together, or that he had someone around to keep the house clean or run him to the doctor.

Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

My dad has long since passed, but I think about what I learned about his care and look at my grandparents. They are vibrant and healthy and full of life! I take what I’ve learned from caring for my dad in whatever capacity I could, and I want to do better.

Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

It’s one of the reasons I look to companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia. They offer access to personal helper services for when family can’t pitch in, and I’m so comforted knowing my grandparents will be in good hands should the need arise.

More than that, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia, along with other Anthem, Inc.-affiliated health plans, is expanding its 2019 Medicare Advantage offerings with the addition of Essential Extras. This means that people like my grandparents will have even fewer barriers to stay healthy and happy with the option to choose from extra services like healthy food delivery after returning from the hospital, health-related transportation, and personal home helpers.

Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

When my dad was sick, these types of extras, though provided by family, were his lifeline to care and the outside world.

For healthy, active seniors like my grandparents, these services keep them living a full and vibrant life. Anthem is committed to helping people live better, plain and simple. Affordable access to this kind of care allows them to engage with their communities, better manage chronic conditions, and even avoid preventable accidents.

Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

So as the new year begins, I sit and reflect on how healthcare is changing since my dad’s ordeal, and I can be happy. As Anthem listens to the wants and needs of families and their loved ones, I see more hope as they age. I see hope for them, and I feel comfort for myself and my family.

This post was written by me on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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14 thoughts on “Simple Ways to Support Your Aging Loved Ones

  1. Kat Califf says:

    What a wonderful, heartfelt post. My parents are both showing their age and i can see how life gets more and more difficult. It’s important to know how to care for them.

    • Tiffany Barry says:

      Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that! It can be so difficult to be in that situation. I’m definitely on board for better affordable health care options.

  2. tridingermckee says:

    This is such an important topic. My dad is suffering from dementia. My aunts are pretty active but some health issues are cropping up. It is a tough age for me because i’m raising my children and looking after the older generation. Thank you for this.

    • Tiffany Barry says:

      You’re so welcome! Sending you big hugs <3 Parenting and being a caregiver to your own parent is a huge challenge, but you can totally do this!

  3. clickclickmycat says:

    All us sisters never got the chance to take care of our Mom, as she died in an instant of a blood clot in her brain. We would have done anything for her and to take care of her. Any child that doesn’t take care of their parents is so wrong and should be ashamed of themselves. (Audrey Stewart)

  4. leahnieman says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. But, thanks so much for sharing your story. Over the past few years we’ve transitioned to full time business owners. As part of that transition we’ve gone from having insurance to no insurance. And, now the responsibility of selecting insurance for our company. It’s been really helpful to hear real life stories.

  5. Sandy Weinstein says:

    i had to take early retirement in 2001, move back to my home town to care for my mother. she lived with my much older brother who did nothing. she almost died in his care. she had begged me to move back to because she was scared of him. my 3 older siblings had gone through most of her money, taken her home, etc. for over 13 plus years i cared for her 24/7. i tried to get help but she only wanted me. i tried to get help from some of the community resources, religious groups- nothing. things have certainly changed. near the last few yrs, i did get people to come in and help when she was at a adult center. i could not be there all of the time as i had been in the past. i was tired, physically exhausted. i handled everything, dressing, shopping, bills, lawyers, medical, bathing, shots, etc. during this time my siblings also sued her many times which since i was poa, hcpoam, trustee, i got sued as well. the dept of human services wanted to remove my brother and take him to court but my mother said no, he was her child no matter what he had done. she passed away while in the hospital after i had been in court all day defending her again in one of his petty lawsuits. he had even changed the locks on her house when she was in the hospital the first time. there are so many companies now and many more resources, however, you still need to be present and many of the are very costly.

    • Tiffany Barry says:

      I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. No one should have to go through that, and I’m sorry for your struggles. I definitely think we have work to do as a society to get to a place where we can wholly trust our communities to be the village we need sometimes, but I’m really glad to see companies doing more to support people and their loved ones.

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