Talking to your parents about essential matters as they age can be difficult. Both parents and their adult children often struggle with the dynamic shift that takes place when adult children begin helping their elderly parents in new ways. Today, we will offer tips on how to talk with elderly parents about these difficult topics.
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Now, here are our pointers for having hard conversations with your elderly parents:
Tips for Talking with Elderly Parents About Important Issues
Bring Up Topics During a Relaxed Time
Make sure that your loved one is calm and comfortable before bringing up an important issue. Whether it is after a meal or after a nap, ensure that they are in the best frame of mind possible to discuss what you would like to bring up.
Present the topic in a way that is direct and straightforward. This will prevent unnecessary confusion and nervous build up.
Patiently listen to your loved one’s perspective without interrupting or passing judgment. Their input is crucial as is the feeling that they can be open with you about their opinions.
Talk to Your Family Members Before Talking to Your Parents
Discuss the topic with your partner and siblings before going to your parents. It is preferable for everyone to be on the same page if possible.
Start having honest conversations with your parents as early in life as possible. This will open the door to clear communication later on in life when challenging situations arrive.
Some of the issues that adult children often need to discuss with their elderly parents include:
- Living situation
- Help around the house
- Healthy eating
If you are taking an active role in helping your parents as they age, know that you do not need to shoulder the responsibility alone. Senior care services can help to assist your parents as they age, which will in turn support you and your entire family.
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- Alzheimer’s and Dementia care
- Transportation services
- Light housekeeping
- Meal planning and preparation
- Personal care services
- Senior living
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