Talk with your parent

Open up a conversation to learn more about your parent’s wishes. What do they consider quality of life? Is it realistic? What steps are they taking to be well and to be happy? Identify what you can help with. Remember that, just like you wouldn’t tell your 12 year old to get out more and let you know how her doctor appointment went, you shouldn’t tell your parent that. Older adults have often been through major changes in their lives. Starting new things can be difficult, particularly after a loss of a spouse, a home, or a major health setback. Help them get connected.