Discussions with Mom and Dad
The birds and the bees were bad enough but what about the discussion concerning aging and end of life? Discussions with mom and dad about aging and how they feel about its associated care can be uncomfortable for both parties.
These discussions may be emotionally charged or slow and scary. If everyone thought of aging and end of life in a positive manner, perhaps these discussions wouldn't be so daunting. But the fact is, they usually ARE daunting.
Often, there is a role reversal taking place. Adult children used to turn to their parents for support and comfort, but now the course may be shifting. Parents may become more debilitated or confused and may not be as socially involved. They therefore may be relying more upon their children to fill their needs.