Communicating With Your Aging Parent

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If your parents are in their 60s or 70s, it’s time to initiate an important conversation.

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Communicating with Your Aging Parents:

Communicating with Your Aging Parents If your parents are in their 60s or 70s, it’s time to initiate an important conversation. It’s never too soon to talk about health care preferences, medical treatment options and living arrangements. Planning eliminates the burden of being the head of the family or sole decision maker during a crisis.

Communicating with Your Aging Parents:

Communicating with Your Aging Parents Health and age-related issues are often avoided in our society. While the conversations are necessary, they are hard for many adult children to initiate. Whether you are the family caregiver, an adult child who lives far from a loved one, or are already juggling family and career, the “talk” needs to occur before a health-related situation arises.

Communicating with Your Aging Parents:

Communicating with Your Aging Parents Talk with your parents about their: Health Finances Living Arrangements End-of-Life Preferences

Tips for Holding a Successful and Productive Family Care Meeting:

Tips for Holding a Successful and Productive Family Care Meeting Prepare and distribute an agenda prior to the meeting. Allow your parents to prioritize the topics. Provide options and facts for each topic so both the parents and children feel more comfortable and confident about choices made. Don’t have mandates; listen first and question second.

Tips for Holding a Successful and Productive Family Care Meeting:

Tips for Holding a Successful and Productive Family Care Meeting If the discussion becomes heated and issues are not resolved, plan to revisit the subject another day. Look for solutions that maximize your parents’ independence. Focus on their strengths and address contingency plans. Avoid “baby talk.” It shows a lack of respect and will put your parents on the defensive.

Tips for Holding a Successful and Productive Family Care Meeting:

Tips for Holding a Successful and Productive Family Care Meeting Consider using a third party with expertise in aging and health-related issues. A geriatric care manager, nurse, social worker or home care provider may be able to assist you.

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