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By now you’re well into the transition back to work after the holidays. So how are you? And how are your aging parents? (Press the "Play" button above if you'd rather listen to this...)
You probably touched base in some way with an aging parent during the holidays. It may not have been easy.
What you found may still be weighing heavily on your mind. Maybe even to the point of distraction.
So many concerns and needs that must be negotiated or decisions to be made. You’ve resolved in THIS new year to have those essential conversations with your family that have not yet taken place.
You have a lot to do. You have a lot to learn. I suspect your parents may be resisting. My hunch is, you may have siblings or extended family that are resisting even more.
Over the past 30 years of this work, I've heard the many concerns and needs that need to be negotiated. I've walked through these conversations and decisions that you may have resolved to initiate. And I know it's not going to be easy.
THE DEEPER ISSUES
But I want to tell you that it's not only the financial and medical aspects of the conversation that make these conversations feel overwhelming. There is a deeper level that makes these talks even more daunting.
When we talk about aging and end-of-life issues, particularly our parents and other family members, we are touching on the very core of our deepest values and most essential concerns. What we ultimately believe about life, our life, our values, the Big Picture. We really have to wrestle with those conversations. But do we have to struggle alone with all these concerns?
You’ve already sensed it yourself. In addition to everything else, at the core, what you are bringing to the table is the essence of who YOU are, and what you believe to each conversation. So the dialogue really has to begin in your own heart and mind.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to struggle with all this alone? If you could have help to lead your family, or your patients, or employees to embrace these conversations with more skill and ease?
That’s exactly why I'm offering a new online course.
FLOW: Talk Early Talk Often Foundations course.
FLOW is a place where you can receive my expert guidance about taking the lead in this deeper level of conversation.
Want to find out how?
Click below if you're curious...
At this time of year many are visiting aging parents and the anxieties about what they will find when they get there are legion, so I am sharing here, for the first time, a resource from my business that you may find a big stress release. And if not you, probably it’s something you can share with a friend or two!
How to Navigate the Holidays with Aging Parents, a Toolkit by Dale Susan Edmonds
Tips for snow shoveling safely and avoiding snow shoveling hazards for your aging parents
Here's how to gather the essential elder care information you will need from aging parents.
The news reports call this heavy wet stuff "heart attack snow". Check in with your aging parents to make sure they follow these tips to shovel safely.
The countdown crunch is on for the sandwich generation. Are you more likely to make it to the end of the holidays in one piece, or in pieces?
How about taking the time now to seriously re-evaluate your "to do" by following these holiday stress tips.
A home security network is an important consideration for your aging parents. Whether they are moving or aging in place, their safety should not be left to chance.
Why senior exercise may be the key for your parents to regain aging fitness of body, brain, and spirit.
Social security death records are required by law and help prevent identity theft. Learn what to do after a parents dies to file a death notice.
Spirituality and aging - How do you have deeper conversations with elderly parents? What are their lessons and legacy? What can life review teach you about the future?
Heading Home for the Holidays? Today's Economic Chaos Requires That You Talk With Your Aging Parents About the Future
Invite Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds, Family Communication Coach, to teach your audience about what to look for, and what to talk about when visiting aging parents for the holidays.
Going home for the holidays? This would be a great time to ride along with aging parents and check out the driving situation.
Don't bring up the subject at the holiday dinner table! But you might find time to have private conversations with a parent or with a sibling to talk about what you've seen and what they hope for the future. Get some tips about starting the conversations...