Thu, 4 December 2008
Elder Law Today Podcast Show #12 The Talk - How to Communicate with your Parents about Aging and Long Term Care
In show number 12 Yale Hauptman, a practicing elder law attorney sits down with Barbara Salvador of Nannymama.com and Barbara Friesner of Agewiseliving.com, a generational coach and author of “The Ultimate Caregiver’s Guide” to discuss how to have “the talk” with aging parents.
Generational differences and lack of communication pose some real challenges to children who are trying to help care for their parents. So many families never discuss long term care and finances until a crisis hits and that’s just too late. If you find yourself in the situation of not knowing what plans your parents have in place, what their wishes are with respect to long term care, or where all their important legal documents are – and you have no idea how to start the conversation - this is a must listen.
As with any interpersonal relationship, communication is paramount. How we say things is as important as the content itself. Yale and his guests discuss the best way to break the ice and the dos and don’ts of approaching a very difficult topic in a way that is sensitive to the fears and concerns of aging family members, intending to bring families together, instead of pulling them apart.
This 12th show contains valuable information that every family will find helpful in dealing with some of the most challenging issues we all face today.
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