Communication Articles

Critical conversations need to be had with your parents prior to the move to a senior living community. Difficult discussions may also be required between family members who have different opinions about the best way to care for your parents. Good communication is always crucial to a successful move.

Aging Parents: When to Talk About Sensitive Issues

When talking to your aging parents about finances or senior care, timing is key, says elder-care expert Joy Loverde. “A well-timed conversation enhances the likelihood of being heard and reaching consensus,” she writes at the blog EldercareABC.

In a two-part article, Loverde offers tips such as, consider a face-to-face chat instead of a phone one. “Reading facial expressions and body language plays an important part in knowing when to change communication tactics or to back …Read more ›

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Who Knows Best? When Arguing With Aging Parents Backfires

Nagging your aging parents can backfire, senior-care advisor Frank M. Samson writes in the Sonoma Valley Sun. It may make them put up even stronger walls.

The primary fear of older adults is losing their independence. Often, adult children trigger that fear when they tell their aging parents what to do. Aging parents then become less willing to share information about their health, or struggle to continue to live independently. The result is typically some …Read more ›

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How to Help Your Parents With the Emotional Stress of Moving

Whatever senior care option you’re leaning toward, if it involves your parents moving, you may need to keep an eye on their emotional health, says senior advisor and professional organizer Colleen Smart, at the Eldercare ABC blog. Moving can trigger sadness, stress and anxiety. But loved ones can help make the move easier, she says.

Smart offers a few tips to help your parents before, during and after the move, to …Read more ›

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How to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Death

We’re told all the time that we need to prepare advance directives. We should tell our families how we want to be treated in death—or near death.

But by the same token, our families need to return the favor. And yet, how do you ask your parents, “When you die …?” or, “If you’re on a machine …?”

Dale Carter, founder of Transition Aging Parents, offers some tips on how …Read more ›

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“I don’t need any help!” – Introducing Home Care to Resistant Parents

Every time you visit your parents, you notice that they are having more and more difficulty keeping the house clean.  They seem to be losing weight, and when you look in the refrigerator, you can see why. Clearly their nutritional needs are not being met.  You suggest they bring in private help a few days a week to help with the shopping, cooking and cleaning, but they will not even consider it.

Does this sound …Read more ›

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Nursing Homes: Battle Between Families And Staff

In a nursing home near Denver, Sharon Kenney’s mother was waiting, and waiting, for an aide to answer her call bell and help her to the bathroom. Her daughter stayed on the phone with her for 45 increasingly desperate minutes. Finally Ms. Kenney hung up, called the desk nurse and asked that someone be sent to assist her mother. The ensuing conversation, as she recalls it:

Nurse: “We’re really busy and we have a lot …Read more ›

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Shouldn’t we know?

When it comes to providing care for our parents, anyone can agree that they deserve to have all the information about aging, despite any social stigma this information may carry. Virginia Senator Mark Warner is campaigning for this exact kind of distribution. It is our responsibility as their children to make sure they have the tools to age in their own interest.

Senator Warner has experienced these trials himself. “I know firsthand how tough this …Read more ›

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