Listen to What Your Elderly Parent is Saying
Really listen. Listen to what the person is saying. Don't interrupt or try to fill in the silence. A period of silence could mean your family member is contemplating a response, thinking through the conversation and how to reply. Listening goes both ways, so try to determine that the person is hearing what you say.
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.