This is a sponsored post by AARP.
I am the caregiver of my elderly mother, the mother of two daughters aged 14 and 26, and am now a soon to be grandmother. Adjusting to a new family role as a grandmother is a delightful and moving experience. Since I learned the news, it’s been one of the main focuses in my life.
Because of the big age difference between my daughters, going through very different experiences with them at the same time is the norm. Becoming the caregiver of my aunt (now deceased) and my mom was unexpected. I guess it’s easier to keep your head in the sand than to accept reality.
As my caregiver role went through waves of changes, I reached out to others, did a lot of research especially using the AARP Caregiver Research Center, and asked for support from my family. Now that I am adjusting to a new family role as a grandmother in addition to my other roles, I am doing much of the same.
It is so important that any feelings of stress or worry not invade my daughter’s thoughts. Her pregnancy and time as a new mother should be filled with joy. Planning for my mother’s care and my 14 year old daughter’s entrance into high school while I am with my daughter and son-in-law in Kansas reduces stress. It also enables me to get back to feeling that elation I had when I first learned of my daughter’s pregnancy. I can be with her in the moment and be the caring mom she needs.
AARP’s new tool, Life Reimagined, is made for such circumstances: Adjusting to New Family Roles, Life Stages, Work Changes, Health Issues, and more. It is free to use (for those 50+) and guides you through changes in your life. Make use of life coaches, support groups, stories and videos to find solutions and new pursuits.