Discussions in Advance
Aging parents may feel the need to protect their children from the reality of physical or cognitive decline. Sometimes however, the children are confronted with the reality when prompted by an event such as a sudden health decline, fall, or financial change.
What then may then happen is decisions made in crisis mode with no time to plan. There may be little time to honor parents’ needs and desires in a circumstance when a quick solution is needed. There may be more pressure to act and options for care may be limited.
With these possible circumstances in mind, parents and their adult children may reduce the potential for last minute decisions, by having these important discussions well in advance.