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 with 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