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Have You Talked to Your Aging Parents About Changing Living Arrangements?


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3/14/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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If you’re a parent, then you may recall how hard it was to talk to your kids about sex, not to mention listening to our parents tell us about the birds and the bees.

But, talking to our aging parents about changes in their living arrangements carries enormous emotion - and a shift in caretaker roles - and can make those earlier discussions seem like child's play.

Recently, The Juggle, one of the WSJ Blogs, published an article “A Tough Talk With Mom and Dad.” It’s about needing to have and ways to have an important conversation with aging parents about a difficult subject.

Here are some general guidelines mentioned in the article:

•    Start early.
•    The 40-70 rule. If you are 40 or your parents are 70, start talking.
•    Give your parents plenty of time to explore reasons they may be reluctant to make changes.
•    Find out what your parents’ biggest concerns are. You may be surprised.

The post also asks readers for comments and, on the day I read the article, there were 85 of them, all from people speaking from experience. Depending on where you are with your parents, the comments may be more interesting than the article.

Or, you may want to leave a comment yourself.

I recommend this article even if your aging parents' have already moved from their home to an alternative living arrangement, especially if you are sensing difficulty in the new arrangement. The comments may provide valuable insight into monitoring your parents in their new situation.


Category: Elder Neglect

Sandra Rohrstaff
Virginia Child Injury and Elder Abuse Attorney

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