We will never forget that day when we rushed Mom to the emergency room. The entire time we were sitting in the ER, my sister and I thought that this was just a side effect from her new medication. When the ER doctor eventually returned, he delivered results that changed our world forever. "Your mother has Leukemia." Until that day, Mom was an active grandmother enjoying life with her two grandchildren. She loved gardening, sewing, and going on casino trips with Dad. We knew that the day would come when our parents health situation would change, but we did not know that this would be the day it would finally arrive.
Our lives turned into a roller coaster ride of: doctors visits, chemo treatments, dealing with insurance companies and medicare. Meanwhile home alone during all of this was our elderly dad, their household; in addition, to our own homes, children, husbands, full-time jobs, etc. Our mother struggle with cancer only lasted six months when she passed away in August of 2010, but the journey for my sister and I kept going with our Dad. We eventually found ourselves again in uncharted territory: making funeral arrangements, figuring out their finances, and dealing with grief. In twined in all of this was our Dad living alone in his home without our mom. He was not open to leaving his home of over 45 years. So now what do we do? How do we care for Dad and manage our own lives? How do we manage all of this? How can we take on more? That answer came about a year later when Dad suffered a stroke that left him legally blind and unable to return to his home. My sister and I found ourselves in more in more unfamiliar territory: having to make decisions about Dad's long-term living arrangements, selling his home, doctor's visits, financial issues, and the list went on from there.
It has been quite a long journey for the two of us, and we always wondered why we felt so lost and alone in all of this. Why were we were so unprepared for all of it? Why does it have to be this way? We believe that it doesn't and we wanted to do something about it.
We are never ready for this stage in our parents' lives but we can become more aware and better prepared for it. My sister and I strongly believe that our experiences could help others like us - adult children of aging parents which is the inspiration behind this website - AgingParentsManagement.com. We need to talk about it, plan for it with them or for them. No one should ever feel as lost and alone as we did. AgingParentsManagement.com is here to help you with a network, a community, tools, services and information while on this journey with your Aging Parents.
President and Founder
Anastasia Blaszczyk, President and Founder of AgingParentsManagement.com, transformed her experiences and challenges as an adult daughter of aging parents into an opportunity to help others on the journey with an aging parent -just like her and her sister.
Before setting course on this venture, she maintained positions as the Director of Marketing and Operations in several industries: multi-family housing, student housing, construction and technology. Her passion and creative style are reflected in all of her marketing creations, web designs and social media campaigns. It was that passion, the loss of her mother, the challenges with an aging Father that helped to bring AgingParentsManagement.com to fruition.
Ms. Blaszczyk balances life's challenges with the support of her husband Dennis. Family is very important to her. She loved spending time with her 93 year old Dad before he passed way in March of 2019. In addition, she is a doting aunt who actively supports her niece and nephew at every life event. In her downtime, she enjoys sewing and gardening which helps keep her parent's memory close to her.
Ms Blaszczyk's mission and message are very clear. There is a lack of awareness and a gap in information about this growing trend in the Eldercare industry. With her unique style, she presents this information, solutions and resources in a caring and personal manner in order to help others just like her - Adult Children of Aging Parents on their Journey.