Have the Conversation

Almost everyone gets nervous about raising questions about the health and well-being of aging loved ones. But almost everyone must also face the need to evaluate issues and make decisions together with older relatives about necessary changes to keep them healthy and safe.

How are you doing?

Talking with an aging loved one about changes that may be needed to ensure health and safety is rarely an easy conversation. It’s important for the older person to know that you are coming at the conversation from a position of concern.

To help make this conversation easier, download this discussion guide and checklist.

Conversation Guide and Checklist »

Have a moving conversation

Nearly every family is faced with needing to make a decision on where parents or other loved ones will live as they grow older. For some, this might mean finding a place that offers specialized care services, while for others, it’s a smaller home in a secure, friendly community with fewer maintenance responsibilities. Whatever the needs, this important decision all starts with a personal discussion.

To make this conversation easier to begin, use our downloadable conversation guide.

Start a Family Conversation »

It’s important to know you are not alone in having this conversation. Remember families everywhere face aging and there are many resources available to assist you.

More resources to help you in this important conversation:

Care Providers of Minnesota

LeadingAge Minnesota

Senior LinkAge Line®

The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging’s free statewide information and assistance service to help connect Minnesotans to services in their communities. It is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota.