We have had some incredible guests on my weekly radio show (Life Unrehearsed Sunday’s at 4:00pm on CJAD800). A couple of guests really stood out when it came to communicating important topics with loved ones on sensitive topics. Dr. Amy D’Aprix, a life transition expert; Bill Kovalchuk, founder and president of Claret Asset Management; and Anastasia Kyva, notary; and Kenny Bodanis, parenting specialist, were particularly helpful.
There was a common theme amongst all of them – be proactive when it comes to the more important conversations you need to have with your family and loved ones. The holiday season may be a good time to consider such conversations if done in the right context and approached with respect.
Adult children may have different points of view concerning topics related to their parent’s life transitions. As a result, parents must clearly communicate their wants and desires to all their children to avoid the guesswork and assumptions.
What types of conversations are most essential particularly when we’re dealing with ageing parents? Here’s a list of some of the more important questions that should be discussed as we transition into the different phases of the ageing process:
Living Accommodations and Levels of Care
Legacy and Bucket List
These are just a few of the important questions that should be answered. The next challenge is how to begin the conversation. We tend to procrastinate when it comes to these sensitive topics. However, one needs to look at the repercussions if you put it off and don’t have these conversations.
Conversation starters could be “I had a friend whose mother …..” or “I was talking to my kids about (insert topic here). Mom and dad, what do you think about….?” Or “Mom, dad, I heard your good friend just (insert topic). Is that what you would have done?”
Deal with the inevitable while you are of sound mind and try not to put it off. Your family and your loved ones will thank you for it.
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