Published on August 15th, 2016 | by Katherine Denton0
5 Tips that Help Seniors Stay Independent
Communication Strategies for Seniors
For many seniors, communicating their needs and wants with their adult children can be stressful and exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be. Utilizing the following 5 tips can help seniors stay independent.
- Know your intention. Be clear about whether you are “informing” your child or are requesting problem solving assistance or hands on help and communicate this clearly to them.
- Don’t hide reality. Be honest about emerging (or current) limitations, and if you have created safety nets, tell them.
- Understand their perspective. Your kids are worried about you and maybe even scared of losing you. This may exhibit as anger or frustration or even denial.
- Pick the right time. Don’t spring a conversation on your kids when they aren’t expecting it or might be tired or otherwise stressed.
- Create a collaborative style. Ask for suggestions or input sometimes even when you don’t think you need it. Your kids want to feel like they are a part of your world. *** My sweet husband and my lovely mother-in-law during our visit to Italy, 09/2015.*** *Tips provided by AADMM