Caring for an aging parent can be exhausting, and it often stirs up old feelings such as guilt and resentment, says Roberta Satow, PhD, author of Doing the Right Thing: Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents Even If They Didn't Take Care of You.
By opening yourself to change, however, you might be able to grow emotionally and even become closer to your parents. The first step is to try not to get overwhelmed. Magazines like Today's Caregiver, Vantage and Caring Today provide strategies for coping. A support group, pastor or therapist can also make a huge difference.