A Special Day for an Aging Dad

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ” ~ Jim Valvano

There are many people who grow up without a father in their lives. It is truly a blessing to grow up with a dad who has been there all your life, a blessing that plenty of us have taken for granted.

As people grow up and start families of their own, it can be difficult to spend as much time with an aging father. As he becomes older, his memory may not be great and he could be repeating the same stories everytime you see him. Often, an aging father will tell stories about the past that you may not find very interesting. However, Father’s Day should be a reminder of all the sacrafices and support a father provides throughout the years.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, it can mean the world to your father if you take some time to talk to him and more importantly listen to him. You can ask him about his childhood, his youth, or his early years as an adult.  He’ll appreciate it so much more than any physical gift you can buy.

A lot of elders say that one thing they like about their caregivers is that many of them listen to their stories with genuine interest – the same stories their children and grandchildren may have grown tired of. Just imagine how much that attention would mean coming from his busy child who he doesn’t get to see very often!

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