Is your parent single, lonely and bored? Dating may be the solution that puts a smile on your mother or father’s face. It’s important to remember that your parent is human and humans have a need for intimacy and relationships. Your mother or father may not be looking for the intimacy in the raw form of the word, but they may desire companionship, someone who needs them, and whom they need in return. In home care service providers agree that this is entirely appropriate and can be done safely and in a manner that family members can accept.
As adults age, it often becomes difficult to find someone with whom they can develop a relationship. Adult children worry about their parent’s involvement with another senior citizen. In home care service providers have witnessed the concerns adult children have that their parent may become a caregiver for another aging person or another senior who wants to develop a relationship for financial security. Although these are possible concerns, a normal relationship is one of sincere friendship and bonding. If both parties are healthy, the development of their relationship should be stable, between two consenting adults.
In home care service professionals suggest families provide seniors the opportunity to find joy in their later years. Just as adult children did not enjoy having mom or dad play helicopter parent when they were growing up, their parents will resent them for interfering in their lives as well. There is a difference in being caring and involved and being controlling. Elder relationships and dating are not necessarily intimate as some may assume; they are friendly and for convenience, as no one wants to spend their later years alone.