357: Raising an Aging Parent with Dr. Ken Druck
Dr. Ken Druck is a leading mental health expert in the areas of civility, relationships, and aging. Ken writes regularly for the national press and he is the author of several books including the one discussed in this episode, Raising an Aging Parent: Guidelines for Families in the Second Half of Life.
In this episode, Eric and Dr. Ken Druck talk about caring for an aging parent, finding meaning after great loss, helping ourselves receive the love that’s offered to us, and how to live through the difficult nature of the difficult situations we will face in our lives.
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In This Interview, Dr. Ken Druck and I Discuss Raising an Aging Parent, and…
- His book, Raising an Aging Parent: Guidelines for Families in the Second Half of Life
- Standing in the ashes of your “Plan A” in life
- The tragedy of the death of his daughter
- The choice to make your pain the central organizing principle of your life or choosing a life where purpose and meaning are the central organizing principles
- Our wholeness coming out of brokeness
- How aging is grieving the loss of our younger self and accepting yourself as you are today
- Living in a “both-and” rather than an “either-or” world
- That when we care for an aging parent, we’re giving life back to the parents that gave life to us
- Giving our parents the good things we have in our hearts to give as they face some of the biggest challenges of their lives
- The importance of being a healthy caregiver and not becoming a “slave caregiver”
- Figuring out what is “enough” as a caregiver
- Allowing ourselves to receive the love as our parents offer it, rather than waiting for the way we want it
- Figuring out what stands in the way of us receiving other people’s love, gratitude, and generosity
- Showing ourselves compassion in moments of difficult decisions
- The work and legacy of an aging parent
- Putting our house in order
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