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Respect Your Needs
Be honest with your parents about
your time and energy limits. Be upfront
about the impact on your personal
time and needs. Discuss the current
state of affairs and a future plan in a
Approach the subject of your
parents’ needs in simple terms. They
understand the scope of their care
needs and talking about the process
can help defuse the tension. Once you
open the lines of communication, you
can begin to map a strategy that will
work for everyone.
Some examples of talking points are
• The lack of quality time together with
• Note the physical demands of personal
care and how it impacts you.
• Define what you can and can’t do.
• Discuss your daily routine so they
understand how their care needs may
• Draw parallels to a time in your parents’
lives when they felt overwhelmed and
had no help.
• Reaffirm your goal to get the best
possible care for your parent.
How to Aid Your Aging Parents
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