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Overcoming Barriers in Communication: Improving Communication with Aging Parents (5 of 5)

In this video "Overcoming Barriers in Communication," Mary Alexander from Home Instead offers tips for learning to talk to elderly parents in a way that helps to close the communication gap. She also suggests resources for asking questions, finding support, and sharing stories with others who are caring for their senior loved ones.

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  1. September 18, 2010 at 5:35 am | Posted by Patrician Cares

    You have a valid concern here. There is not a lot of instruction for you to talk to others when the concerns are directed to how we may better serve those like you. First of all, I commend you for being the proficient one! I would love to be in your company to learn of you. Second, I would think that you are a mentor of those who think that their concern is you and not of themselves. Last, I would love to hear more of what you have to teach those of us who are in the ministry of care giving so that we may know first hand how we may better serve those who we admire--like yourself, those who have the tenacity to LIVE life to the end. You should teach us!


  2. September 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Posted by Jane Nelson

    You talk about children and discusions with the elderly. what about advice to the ederly on how to talk to children. I am 80yrs old, living alone, not needing help. have found my own transportation, make my own Dr appointments and take the bus to grocery shop.etc. and I am legally blind since 40. This has all been arranged by myself. My problem is not having contact with my family unless it is christmas thanksgiving or birthdays, always birthdays so they receive a gift. Anything else I am not included in nor do they visit and seldom call.unless they need a baby sitter. I have many issues I would like to discuss with them before my days are over. I simply want to know where I belong or if I belong. Anytime I surf the net to undrstand I only get advice for caregivers. Where is the advice for the senior and our side of the story? How do we start these conversations and help them to understand where we are coming from instead of being made to feel we no longer exist. Anothr idea is a Dear Abbey type site for only senior issues.from the seniors point of view. I worked in nursing Homes for 30yrs and retired last year. Now I am being made to feel I lived too long. I still have feelings, desires and want to go out to eat or to a play or watch the fireworks on the 4th of July.


    • September 22, 2014 at 2:21 am | Posted by ann

      agree it is all about caregivers,


    • September 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm | Posted by Coby Burns

      Hi Jane, Your post really touched me. I hate how kids just disregard their parents. I know your post is from 2010, but if you are still looking for answers, reply to this post and I will help you find answers for your questions. I am sorry that no one ever got back to you on your original post. Sending a hug to you x


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