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40-70 Rule: Communication Assessment Results

Congratulate yourself on doing many things right.

However, your score would indicate that you are still encountering roadblocks in your relationship. When you're talking with your senior loved one, always try to move toward solutions that provide the maximum amount of independence for the older person.

For instance, if your loved one needs assistance at home, look for tools that can help them maintain strengths. Professional caregiving services, such as those offered by Home Instead, provide assistance in a number of areas including meal preparation, light housekeeping or medication reminders. Or find friends who can help.

Before you communicate with your loved one, think about the tone you are using. Are you condescending, parental or authoritative? Or are you respectful? Remember to talk with your senior in the manner to which you would like someone to communicate with you.

University of Arizona Communication Expert Jake Harwood advises that talking about important issues sooner rather than later is important. But it’s only the first step. Making decisions, identifying choices and conveying wishes are an essential part of the road ahead. The 40-70 Rule®: An Action Plan for Successful AgingSM (US or Canada) provides expert advice to help start the necessary conversations about aging and put a plan into action.

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