The Conversation: Talking to Aging Parents

My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the difficult task of talking to aging parents about what happens if they become ill, have a life-threatening event, or become physically or mentally incapacitated. We often avoid addressing our concerns, holding onto the hope that a parent’s situation will simply work itself out. This is rarely the case, and many adult children find themselves confronting crises.

In “Start conversation with aging parents,” we offer suggestions on starting a discussion to explore parents’ wishes and determine how legally and financially prepared they are for their future. It is not easy, but it is necessary.

Concerns about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease require a different approach. Join me here next month for “The conversation: cognitively intact and determined.” In August, I’ll share on “The conversation: making choices for parents with dementia.”

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