Assisted Living: The Talk with Aging Parents

Recently Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts interviewed Elinor Ginzler, AARP’s Director of Livable Communities. The January 10, 2010 interview focused on tips to help aging children initiate conversations with aging parents, helping their parents think about assisted living options. The conclusion? These discussions need to gently encourage parents to embark on a healthy and safe transition. Scroll down the AARP blog or the GMA site to watch the interview.

Good Morning America has been broadcasting a series, “Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk,” highlighting the difficult discussions that often take place between aging parents and aging children. The results of these conversations can often determine the quality of parent/child interaction in the final years of a parent’s life.

The GMA site also features useful links for aging children who are helping their aging parents and beginning to move into caregiving roles. The AARP site has an informative page on assisted living which I used several years ago when I first began the search for an assisted living community for my mother-in-law. Also check out this Assisted Living Communities Checklist at Caregiver.com.

Click on this link to read my post about our assisted living conversation with my husband’s mother.

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