In this month of love, we ponder all of the positive feelings that go along with the word love in our language.

However,  if we break down what love really looks like, it involves honoring our father and our mother or any person for whom we are caring,  and making sure that as they age, we meet their needs, even if it’s uncomfortable for us.

When we’re caring for an aging parent or an aging spouse, who is struggling cognitively or physically, we have to remember that love may feel negative. It may make us tired; it may make us feel frustrated, hopeless or lonely.

We need to focus on why we act out of love: It is because the person needs us to care for them.

Ultimately, love is a decision; love is a commitment.  

In most cases, if we are caring for an aging parent, they took care of us at one point in our lives. Some may be faced with making decisions for or providing care for a parent that did not take good care of us, and that can make it even harder to practice love.

If we always remember that we are to honor our father and mother and live out our commitment to a spouse, by ensuring  that their basic needs are met (and going beyond that if we are emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially able to assist), then we are LOVING them in return.

 

For the last decade,  Amy Hane has been committed to serving the CSRA community by guiding those going through mental, physical and social issues related to caring for an aging or disabled loved one. She assists families with transitions to higher quality care for the safety and wellbeing of all involved.

Amy holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina,  is a licensed Master Social Worker in South Carolina and Georgia, an Advanced Professional Aging Life Care Manager and also a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager.

 

This originally was her first sentence, but I like it further down and bolded as a way to visually break up the text.

I have a strong feeling Amy has been serving the community for quite some time, so I looked her up on LinkedIn. It listed her being a social worker, beginning in 2004 (LTL was founded in 2011). You may want to confirm this description with her, as she may have additional years of experience that are unlisted.

 

I also put this “soft” paragraph first, since this seemed to be what she wanted to mainly focus on in her bio.