Are You an Older Parent? Help with Two News Stories


questionFriends, can you help a Catholic reporter who is working on two stories? Please let me know in the comments below if you, or anyone you know, might be able to help with a quote or story:

Story #1: Story about elderly parents moving in with their adult children and how this can be a beneficial situation, especially spiritually. Maybe a Catholic social worker or someone who has recently moved their mom or dad into their home.

Story #2: Story is about empty-nesters who are looking for ideas on what to do with their extra household rooms/space, maybe someone whose kids have recently married or moved into their own places. I would guess parents whose kids are off to college expect them to move back home for summers and maybe for a time after graduation.



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Lisa,

    My oldest son bought his own home last year and moved out. My second (middle) son graduated from college this year and instead of moving back home (isn’t that where he belongs?!) moved in with his older brother. What’s up with that?

    So I now have my youngest home. He is a college junior and a commuter. I am spoiling him rotten as my way of bribing him to stay put. LOL

    I am so proud of my boys and wouldn’t deny them their own lives but there is a definite adjustment–even as I welcome this new time for my husband and I (although when did he get that gray?!).

    I’d be more than willing to speak to this particular time in a Catholic woman’s life if there is an interest.

    Summer blessings,

  2. Debbie Leal on

    My husbands parents moved in with us during his last two years suffering with Alzheimer’s. We home school and own our own restaurants and it was the best thing to happen for all of us. He passed away a little over four years ago and I know our sons learned some very important life lessons about sacrifice during those years.

    If you’d like further information please let me know.

  3. When I was pregnant with our youngest (4), my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimers. Since then, my husband and I have taken care of both he and my mom. Our 4 sons and we have all been abundantly blessed, even during the tough parts of this journey, to have them with us. I know my sons will be better Godly men as a result:) We have all learned things about God and His ways and His desires for us that we could not read in a book and may have missed otherwise.

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