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Sensitive Conversations: When Health Changes Lifestyles...
Apr 04, 2013

Your 70 year old widowed mum has just been diagnosed with macular degeneration, a disease that causes deterioration of eyesight. How do you start a conversation with her about the possible ramifications of this disease on her life?

She may well start this conversation with you herself – but if not, think about her personal circumstances and important areas to address. Select one issue and chat about how to resolve this one only – not multiple issues. For example, driving – “Let’s sort out a plan for how you can get around if you no longer feel safe driving.”

Tips on how to start and have this conversation and conversations on a range of other sensitive topics between adult children and their parents can be found in “The 40-70 Rule” - a Guide from Home Instead Senior Care. The Guide has been developed in co-operation with Jake Harwood, Ph.D., Communication Professor and author from the University of Arizona.

Check out our 40 70 rule!