5 Ways to Communicate With Elderly Parents

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elderly couple walking with dogTension can result in families when caregiving needs begin for elderly parents. Family member’s roles can suddenly become redefined. This also includes financial, emotional, and social issues as well.

Here are five communication techniques to  help you cope better with family relationships when the role of caregiving begins in the family.

Listen to Your Elderly Parents

Patiently listen without interruption to what your parents say. Listening is a two way street so make the other person listens to you also and understands what you say.

Consider The Age of Your Elderly Parents

Seniors fear losing their independence as they age. They don’t want to give up control. Ensure your elderly parents they are not losing control but instead just receiving some assistance to help allow them to remain safe in their own home.

Be Careful Not to Give Advice Unless Asked

Since parents have raised their children and always been the ones giving advice, it is difficult when the roles may be reversed. Advice is often accepted better from an outside neutral individual verses a child to a parent. It is best if family members just provide support and encouragement and refrain from advising.

Accept Differences of Opinions

Everyone is not going to agree therefore respect difference of opinions from family members. This will enable everyone to listen to one another and make better joint decisions.

Make Sure You Don’t Condescend

As you speak louder and slow down your speaking so your elderly parent can understand you, make sure you don’t come off as condescending. Regardless if your parent has some form of dementia or not, speaking to them like a child may begin an argument.