Talking about the future might be something your senior tries to avoid every time you get ready to bring it up. That can be frustrating for you, but it can also cause you to postpone putting changes in place that can help her to have the best quality of life possible.
Think about Her Current Home
Your senior’s current home situation can give you a lot of ideas about what to talk about. There may be safety changes you can make now or there could be maintenance that has been put off. Helping to resolve those issues can give you a way to mention some of the changes that your elderly family member might need to address sooner rather than later if she wants to age in place.
Think about Her Current Health
Is your senior talking to you about the health issues that are bothering her right now? If so, that’s a good way to ease into conversations about possible future issues. She may mention these types of issues in a subtle way, rather than openly complaining. Take advantage of those openings and find out if those issues are affecting other aspects of her life. If they are, you can help her to find solutions.
Mention Something You’ve Read
Keeping up with health literature and with information about elderly adults sounds more difficult than it has to be. Make it a point to seek out those types of websites, magazines, and newsletters. When you read an article that applies to your senior’s situation, set it aside and mention it to her when you can. If she’s not open to talking about them right then, at least you’ve made an effort.
Watch or Listen to Applicable Media Together
Watching or listening to programs, podcasts, and other types of media that are geared toward aging adults can really help to open up conversational paths. Often these types of listening and viewing opportunities can bring up topics your senior might not have thought about already. Or, the topics might be ones she’s considered, but not in great depth. This can also be a way to get your senior over the fear of talking about some of these issues.
You might be tempted to just keep putting this conversation off for a while, too. It can be scary, after all. But having a conversation now allows you to make changes like hiring elderly care providers to give your senior that extra bit of help that she might need.
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From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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