Helping Your Elderly Loved One Cope with a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Senior Care in Sun City West AZ

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If your aging parent has recently received a diagnosis of breast cancer, part of your responsibility as a family caregiver is to help them to cope with this diagnosis so that they are able to move forward in their life in the best way possible. Being there for your loved one can encourage them to live a healthier, more active, and more fulfilling life, and bring additional meaning to your relationship with them.


Use these tips to help your elderly loved one cope with a breast cancer diagnosis:

  • Give them time. Hearing that they have breast cancer is going to be a shock for you, but it is important to remember that this is your parent going through this condition and that they are going to have their own reaction to the situation. Do not expect them to immediately want to talk through their feelings or make major decisions. Give them some time to process their initial reaction and come to you when they are ready.
  • Give them the facts. Encourage your aging parent to know the actual facts about breast cancer, the type of breast cancer that they have, and their health prospects. Sit down with their doctor to talk about your parent’s condition and their prognosis, as well as their treatment options. This can help to make the situation seem far less dark and overwhelming, and empower them to start making the decisions that are right for them.
  • Be there for them. You might think that the first thing that your parent should do is to start deciding on their treatments or how they will manage the condition. This, however, might not be what your parent first thinks about, or what they will need as they move through this process. They might just need you to be there for them to offer support, love, and nurturing. Be open with them and make yourself available to them to talk, help them make decisions, or even just sit quietly and be together.


Starting senior care for your elderly loved one may be one of the best decisions that you can make for them to encourage a high quality of life as they age in place. This is especially true if they are dealing with a serious diagnosis such as cancer. Having a senior home care services provider in the home with your aging parent means that they will receive a personalized approach to care, support, assistance, and encouragement that will help them to meet their needs and live the lifestyle that they desire and deserve. Part of this will be providing emotional support, companionship, and encouragement that helps them to cope with their diagnosis and continue to pursue a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and fulfilling. They can also be a valuable ally for you in helping your parent to comply with their medical guidelines and treatment instructions by offering reminders to your parent so that they can make the most of the treatment that they receive.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Sun City West, AZ, contact the caring staff at Elite Senior Homecare Services at (623) 285-6397. Quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement Service in Sun City West, Peoria, Surprise and the surrounding areas.


Joseph Njenga, CEO

I am excited to be the CEO of Elite Senior Homecare Services mission in serving our wonderful seniors. I started my career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in that capacity for several years. I decided to go back to school to pursue Licensed Practical Nurse. I have worked with seniors in Rehabilitation Centers, Long term Care Centers and Special Care Units for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I have also worked with residents with Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke in group homes and as an administrator of assisted Living facilities. At Elite Senior Home Care Services, we are committed to giving our esteemed clients quality care to allow them to live in their homes for as long as possible. Our dedicated team of care managers, compassionate and professional caregivers will be happy to care for your loved one.