There comes a time in life when you may notice a shift in the quality of life for your parents. That change may be the result of physical limitations, memory loss or a drop in emotional well-being, often times caused by isolation. No matter what the reason is for the drop in their quality of life, the one thing for certain is you want to help – but where do you start? Life doesn’t prepare us for this conversation and finding the right words or knowing the right time to talk isn’t easy.
Purpose – a simple word – but when left without it in our lives, there is a profound effect on our happiness. I had never given thought to what would happen if I didn’t have purpose, until recently when I saw firsthand what happens when someone’s purpose is taken away. Ironically, it was my dog who taught me this valuable lesson.