How to Talk to Seniors You Love

There comes a time in everyone’s life when the people who have taken care of us become the ones who need to be cared for. But how do we talk to seniors respectfully and still get the answers we need to help them? It can be uncomfortable carrying on these difficult conversations. We may feel like we’re condescending or intruding and they may get angry or frustrated. But asking hard questions about an aging individual’s health, daily patterns, and ability levels is absolutely essential.

Ignoring the Danger Could Be a Fatal Mistake

Aging seniors value their independence and are often reluctant to discuss anything that might make them seem weak or incapable of living as freely they have. But that dignity and pride may cause them to ignore danger signs or keep things to themselves.

Seniors are at much higher risk for:

  1. Loneliness (which can have life-threatening consequences)

  2. Malnutrition

  3. Depression

  4. Dementia

  5. Decreased ability to function normally

By staying socially, emotionally, and intellectually involved with your loved one encourages them open up about their difficulties. And when you talk to seniors you love it lets you address issues like their mental health, diet, and medical problems or assess the need for in-home care.

But how do you start those hard conversations?

How to Successfully Talk to Seniors About Anything

Below are a few guidelines to help you talk to seniors in a  way that creates a comfortable and productive dialog with aging loved ones.