Aging Helpline: Aging Support

The Challenges of Aging
From weakness and lack of energy to disabilities and illnesses, dealing with aging is not easy. Many older adults often end up suffering from mental health issues that go along with the myriad of other issues that stem from aging. Being unable to live the life they led while they were still young and able-bodied means can create problems adjusting to the newfound dependency on others. Additionally, aspects of aging, like the feelings about their inability to carry out tasks that were once easy for them make life even more difficult for them.

Family caregivers often take the role of caring for aged loved ones. Given the problems that come with aging, caring for seniors entails many challenges that can take a toll on the caregivers’ physical and mental health. It is a good idea for caregivers to ask for help from family members, friends, and online support groups. ExtendaTouch has a dedicated aging helpline where family caregivers come together, discuss their challenges, feel understood, and get emotional support. 

Benefits of an Elder Helpline
Besides helping family caregivers, ExtendaTouch’s elder helpline also serves as an excellent platform for older adults to contact someone when they need help. As an example, even if it’s just as simple as having someone to talk to about a situation where they need emotional support. 

As people begin to live longer due to improved healthcare, the challenges of old age also last longer, and managing this can be difficult at times. Having space where you can feel comfortable talking about these challenges without fear that you come across as pitiful can help deal with the problems, especially if you have other people around you going through the same issues. Connect on ExtendaTouch’s online support group now and meet other family caregivers who are having similar experiences. 
 

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amedoff
I help to lead a care management and in-home senior care organization and am a CNA.
Silkjoy
Took care for my aging parents for 6 years and have navigated the health care and homecare systems -- as well as building support/friendship community and helping to create ease and comfort with them aging in place. They were married for 69 years and both lived to 92 -- passing away last year. An amazing chapter in all of our lives. Challenges wrapped in joy -- and sustaining memories. Would be happy to share my experience and the resources that helped me.
jyc510
Caregiving you work with all sorts of individuals, some age gracefully some don't. I take time to help and assist in anyway I can
rebekahkelley, Volunteer
Hello everyone! My name is Rebekah and I live in central Georgia and work at a skilled-care nursing facility where the average age of our residents is 87 years old. I am currently in school and will graduate next year with a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and truly feel like the aging community is the area in which I want to spend the rest of my working career serving. The aging community can also pose a good deal of challenges that can be difficult to navigate so I would love to help you with any questions you may have. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your loved one and I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. Rebekah K.
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At 72, I’ve had a number of age related issues; a CSF leak that has been repaired, a cracked patella and am willing to chat about aging and my journey.
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Just my legal experience on addressing issues related to aging.
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I was a caretaker for my great-grandmother from age 98-102.
Experiencedcaregiver, Volunteer
At 71, I believe the way we age depends on creating purpose, staying active, eating well, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, and sharing wisdom and love. Some of these items are more difficult as we age but no less important. I'd be happy to chat with anyone about this subject.
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Helping to care for my 85 year old mother recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's.