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How to Start the Conversation with Aging Parents


National Parent’s Day is July 28th, a time to celebrate your mother and father and let them how much they are loved and appreciated. This day is also a perfect opportunity to start the conversation about senior living communities with your aging parents.   This conversation will help you plan as a family for life’s natural transitions into old age and support you in finding the right senior living option.

One of the best gifts you can give yourself and your aging parents, is to initiate the conversation about how they see themselves living out the rest of their lives. Although it may be hard to talk to your aging parent about difficult subjects such as: getting older, needing help, or planning to move to a senior living community, it is better to start the conversation when they are in good health rather than during a health crisis.

There are many senior living options available, from in-home care services to independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. All of the different types of senior living options can be confusing and overwhelming.

 Housing Placement specialists offer a no-cost service for seniors and their families to help you explore and understand your options. They will meet with you and/or your family member for an in-depth consultation discussing your current situation and what is needed. They evaluate all aspects of care such as healthcare needs, social activities, location and financial features.  

While none of us have a crystal ball to predict what the future will look like for ourselves or our aging family members; we should take the steps now to have a plan in case a crisis happens.


Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by: Nikki Wulff.  Nikki is an Eldercare Advisor and Owner of Assisted Living Locators and may be reached at:  402-926-9505 or by email at:

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