Chapter 7

Having the Difficult Discussions

There are certain discussions that are more difficult for family members to have than others. This is especially true when the subject is the physical or mental decline of a loved one. The discussions, which could be one or several, involve what changes may be needed and what that means not only for the individual in question but for the family unit as a whole. Family dynamics can complicate the matter further. Whether it’s a single relative, multiple siblings, or other family members monitoring and determining an individual’s future, the roles each play can become tense, if not downright combative. Chances are that not everyone involved will see the circumstances the same way or agree with the plan ...

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