Conversations about aging
As we age, questions and issues emerge that need answers and solutions.
The first step in figuring them out is to talk about things such as what will
happen if you get sick, you can no longer drive or you pass away.
Rick;Lauber reports on how to begin the conversation
Finding the right words at
the right time isn’t always easy. With
hard decisions, financial matters or
dealing with relationships, people
often struggle with what to say and
how to say it.
Some of the most demanding
discussions are about aging, illness
and the end of life. Opening up about
these topics can be challenging, says
Dr. Duncan Robertson, a specialist in
geriatric and internal medicine and
the senior medical director of Alberta
Health Services’ Seniors Health
Strategic Clinical Network. Seniors
and their family caregivers might
both remain tight-lipped because
of discomfort (for all concerned) or
denial (if they don’t talk about it, it
But as we age, questions and issues
emerge. The list can be lengthy, says
Anna Mann, executive director for
the Alberta Caregivers Association.
“There are definitely some questions
you’ll want to address.” (See sidebar
Questions Worth Answering.)