07/20/2010 07:29 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

7 Tips for Talking About Health and Money With Elderly Parents

Not since your conversation about the birds and the bees have you and your parents faced such a difficult conversation. Sooner or later, adult children and their elderly parents need to talk about the parents' medical, financial and legal affairs. The inescapable truth is that at some point the responsibility will fall upon the children to ensure the quality of the parents' care, to carry out their wishes and to finalize their personal affairs. Having an effective dialogue about this will depend on the family's unique circumstances, the parent's mental, emotional and physical condition and the quality of family relationships. Here are seven tips for successfully discussing these sensitive private matters.


Above all else, be gentle, kind, loving and supportive - treat your parents as you would wish to be treated.

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