Many aging adults are facing a time of changes, choices, and challenges. They must navigate the shift from working life to an active retirement. They may face new diagnoses, health issues, or mobility challenges. Their social lives are shifting, and their relationship with their children may be going through a major transformation. They’re the same people they always were, but they’re facing new circumstances, and have to develop new strategies that allow them to thrive.
As a caregiver, loved one, or friend, you have to be able to communicate with your aging loved one about these new situations that impact their health, finances, and personal lives. Because these are often tense conversations, it helps to understand how you and your loved one prefer to communicate. When you understand how best to speak to one another, you can work together to make good decisions, adjust to changes, and rise to the challenges and opportunities of aging in today’s world.