From Generation to Generation:
Family Meetings to Ease Your Concerns About Growing Older
People grow older and still wish to remain independent – we all do. Adult children often worry about their parents’ situation and wonder if they want or need help? Parents often worry about medical issues, needing day-to-day assistance or fear being a burden to their family members. Responding to life’s transitions can be difficult, especially when family members disagree. Often nothing gets said, or families argue. We offer free initial consultations to see if a family meeting might be helpful for you and your family.
Could you use help with these conversations?
- “We’re concerned about your health, mom. Why won’t you talk about it?”
- “I can’t live by myself and I’m afraid the kids will put me in a nursing home.”
- “Our kids just don’t understand and respect our wishes. I wish they would listen.”
- “The children worry about us living on our own.”
- “I’m doing too much of the work. The rest of the family won’t pitch in to help.”
We can help you, an older adult, relatives or friends with the following concerns:
- Daily activities and needs
- Medical and healthcare concerns
- Long distance care giving
- Family relationships, conflicts, and communication issues
- Quality of Life
- Advanced directives – making your wishes known
- Parents and adult children living together
- Grandparents raising grandchildren
Why are these conversations difficult?
- “We don’t know where to begin.”
- “We don’t know what to ask.”
- “We worry it will make things worse.”
- “We don’t want to get into old family arguments.”
Unfortunately, these issues can prevent conversations. These communication problems can stop most of us from talking about issues until a crisis occurs.
Experienced coordinators and facilitators help families listen to each other, resolve their concerns, and create plans for the future.