How To Start The Conversation With Aging Parents

Dated: March 11 2016

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Wondering how to start the conversation with an aging parent about a sensitive topic? Whether you need to talk about moving, giving up driving, or bringing in help, knowing which words to use and to avoid can improve the odds of moving toward solutions.

Even if, in the past, your parent was sharing and receptive, this can change due to aging-related issues such as depression, creeping dementia, lowered self-esteem, or other frustrations. On the other hand, a close-lipped parent may be relieved to talk because he or she is worried, too.

What to say about sensitive subjects can also be tricky because you have different goals. Geriatric communication expert David Solie, author of How to Say It to Seniors, notes that adult children want to solve the problem and move on. Their parents, however, want foremost to maintain a sense of control and dignity in a season marked by many losses. Your goal in how to have "the talk": Balance both sides' needs by moving forward slowly and with care.

Consider attending this free seminar about this delicate topic. Nancy Kessler, the founder of Memoirs Plus, will be one of the panelists. Nancy has a true passion for helping seniors telling their life stories through writing a memoir.  For more information, please click here: http://www.memoirsplus.com

Reference: "How to Have "The Talk" With Your Parents", by Paula Spencer Scott



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