087 Coping with Difficult Older Parents

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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with family caregiving expert Barbara Kane, LCSW, co-author of “Coping With Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide for Stressed-Out Children.” She is a co-founder of Aging Network Services, which provides geriatric care management and psychotherapy services. They discuss:

  • What it means to be a difficult older person, and why most such older parents have been difficult their entire lives
  • Categories of difficult behavior, including dependent, turnoff , self-centered, controlling, self-destructive, and fearful behaviors
  • How Aging Network Services helps adult children examine and improve their own interactions with their aging parents
  • Why age-related challenges are especially hard on difficult people
  • Why adult children must often learn to tolerate an older parent s unhappiness
  • How it can help to stop arguing, stop trying to fix, and stop trying to please
  • Tips on boundaries and setting limits with an older parent
  • How bringing in a geriatric care manager can help an aging parent accept needed help
  • Strategies for better communication with siblings when discussing plans for aging parents

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069- Evaluating Memory & Thinking Problems: 10 Causes & 10 Things to Check

028- When Older Parents Resist Help: 4 Tips for Better Talks

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