Redfield author publishes 'Parent-Sitting' guide

By Plainsman Staff
Posted 6/17/24

Book published by local author about caring for elderly parents

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Redfield author publishes 'Parent-Sitting' guide


More than 65 million Americans are taking care of their elderly parents and spending an estimated 20 hours a week of care — more than twice that of 2020 (Guardian Life Insurance, 2023).

One area author found herself, like many others, taking care of parents.
Bestselling author Laurie Richards of Redfield recently published, “Parent-Sitting: 60+ Tips for Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents.”

“The book immediately rose to the top 10 list on Amazon because it hits home with so many people,” said Richards. “Not only are more than 60 percent of us between the ages of 40 and 70 taking care of our parents, many are finding it incredibly challenging to navigate the pressures of time, money, and energy while doing it.”

Parent-Sitting offers ideas for taking care of your parents while they are going through aging challenges: fear of losing independence, loss of memory, aches and pains of aging, loss of friends and family, and health and psychological changes.

“I came up with the title, ‘Parent-Sitting,’ because it’s a bit like babysitting — but not exactly,” Roberts said. “Like babysitting, sometimes it’s entertaining them, taking care of them, and keeping an eye on some things. But Parent-Sitting requires us to remind ourselves that these are the people who laughed at our jokes, sat through our recitals and ballgames, took us on road trips, encouraged us, and supported us.

“All of that patience, understanding, and support they gave me growing up — now it’s my turn.”

Roberts said the most important thing, she has found, is to find ways to relate, share new experiences, and find the humor in things.

“Patience and empathy are critical,” she said. “I’m fortunate that both Mom and Dad are funny and fun to be around, and part of that is the decision I make to appreciate them and our time together.”

Parent-Sitting includes tips for helping your parents keep their independence, traveling with them, serving as an advocate when they go to the doctor, and helping them stay happy and healthy.

“It’s fascinating how many people share their stories when they see the book. Clearly, many people can relate,” said Richards. “And, yes, I see a volume II in the future as I collect others’ advice.”

Richards spent most of her career outside of South Dakota, but she came home during the pandemic. “I’m fortunate I can be here,” she said. “Right now, I wouldn’t be anywhere else than with Mom and Dad.”

“Parent-Sitting” is available through Amazon.