Communication Techniques for Talking to Elderly Parents
Don't Give Advice Unless It's Asked for
Parents have advised their children their whole lives, so hearing advice from a child – albeit an adult child - might not go over so well. That parent-child role reversal is hard on the parent. Therefore, giving advice is best avoided unless you are sure it has been asked for. It is generally better to let an outside person be the adviser.
You can encourage and provide support, without doling out advice.
Article was the courtesy of AgingCare.com and written by Marlo Sollitto. Go to http://www.agingcare.com/ for more information on learning how to connect to the elderly and get support.