Talking with parents about aging is difficult but necessary

Jasmine Phu

July 24, 2011

When parents grow older, one of the most difficult tasks is to talk to them about their future. No one wants to admit that they are reaching the age where they may need help with daily life. The role reversal between parent and child can be a difficult one to accept for either party.

Chris Scott, a family caregiver, told the Vancouver Sun that he and his family waited too long to discuss the future with his wife's grandmother. It was a challenge, as they lacked options when trying to find assisted living facilities that suited her needs.

When Scott's mother began to show signs of aging, the family immediately began talking about the possible choices for her future, and she had the added experience of visiting nursing homes in advance to find the right facility to suit her healthcare needs.

"But you can't just walk in off the street and get that," Scott told the news source. "You have to do research, get on waiting lists, plan years ahead."

A personal emergency response system can keep an eye on aging loved ones while decisions are being made. An older individual can benefit from a medical alert system, as it may allow them to remain independent for longer.