Your dad's neighbor just called to tell you that your 79-year-old father sideswiped his parked vehicle and nearly hit a child standing nearby. Was it an isolated slip-up or the sign that it's time for your dad to think about giving up his car keys? More importantly, how do you begin the discussion about such a potentially volatile subject?
Sensitive issues like this prompted Home Instead Senior Care, a company serving Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties, to launch a public education campaign called the "40-70 Rule." This campaign will help adult children begin to address difficult issues with their parents such as driving, finances, independence and even romance. "The '40-70 Rule' means that if you are 40, or your parents are 70, it's time to start the conversation about some of these difficult topics," said Ceinwen Price, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office.
Good communication also is vital to helping families know when it's time to seek additional resources. "Oftentimes both adult children and their loved ones can benefit from outside help, such as a professional caregiver," said Ceinwen Price. "But the only way that will happen is if they can talk about it."