My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the difficult task of navigating between what assistance a parent needs versus what assistance a parent wants.
In “Helping a parent who refuses your assistance,” we offer a perspective on the difficult balance of what a child may know is best for their parent’s health and safety, yet allowing the parent to maintain choice and dignity for as long as possible. It is not easy, but it is necessary.
Concerns about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease require a different approach. In August, I’ll share on “The conversation: making choices for parents with dementia.”