AARP is a very good source of information for both seniors and adult children and other loved ones of seniors. One of their pages offers “35 Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents“. If you have older parents — or aunts, uncles or grandparents — this is a good list for generating discussion about how they are doing and whether they need help.
There are six (6) general topics in all:
- Health Care
There are many questions that are very sensitive and will need to be approached carefully. Not just questions of finance, as AARP points out, but driving, some health queries, and so forth.
It is not an exhaustive list, by any means, and there are other ways to address some of the issues, including the Advance Living Directive(c), which focuses on our ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs and Instrumental ADLs).
At Support For Home, we have learned that the main thing is to initiate the dialogue, with sensitivity, but with persistence. You will need to be persistent, as many questions will meet with real reluctance.
If you have suggestions as to how to make the dialogue successful, let us know.
Best wishes. Bert