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Older Parental Carefinder

Often times, seniors refuse help for the same reasons that we often deny we ever need it – mainly for pride, shame, but also the fear of being ‘put away’, as well as parting with their home or losing their privacy and self-esteem.  When an you’re an older parental carefinder you must not try to be parental, but instead, just helpful.  This is new territory for you both.

Approach an older parent gently but honestly.  They may be offended that you want to be a carefinder for them, or they may even be relieved.  Simply express your concerns firmly but compassionately.  The following suggestions may help you become the older parental carefinder that you set out to be, without getting blown up by the ever-present minefields that accompany this journey:

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