How do you approach the idea of mental and emotional health with aging family members who are experiencing life changes? Hannah Pryor, Program Director at Presbyterian Homes & Services can speak into that area.

Mental health affects everyone differently. Sometimes those that struggle with mental health stop taking care of themselves or their household. Or, sometimes it comes out as anger or numbness.  Asking them how they’re doing, checking in in on them frequently, meeting them where they’re at. Maybe somedays they want to talk, and other days they just want to listen to you talk! Call them, support them. Support is really key.

If you’re juggling both young kids at home and elderly loved ones, how do you balance things?

I think it’s really important to know that you can’t do it alone. To partner with those who surround your loved ones – other siblings, their care team; kind of a community to help you navigate not only the day-to-day, but definitely these difficult times. Lean on those around you to help.

You can hear our entire conversation below.

Hannah Pryor from Presbyterian Homes & Services

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