Just get the ball rolling.
When it comes to conversation, sometimes the biggest challenge is getting things started. At least, that’s the case in my experience. And things can be even more difficult if your broaching an uncomfortable topic, like your parents morphing from their life-long role of caregiver to someone in need of care.
Getting a handle on things should begin with some frank conversations before the family hits crisis mode. But, but how do you kick them off? There’s nothing quite like grinding through a laundry list of yes or no questions. With that in mind, here are six open-ended questions to kick off those important discussions with your aging parents:
If the thought of diving into these questions doesn’t make you just a bit uncomfortable, you’re probably the exception. However, the easiest route to understanding is to let your parents do the talking. I hope these open-ended questions will help you make that a reality.
Have you had to have these difficult conversations with your parents?
About the Blogger: JJ Montanaro is a Certified Financial Planner® professional and part of the Military Affairs team at USAA. He’s a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has over 20 years of financial planning experience.
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