WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Initiating the Conversation Few want to dwell on aging and its compli- cations, be it children or their parents. But the sooner the conversation begins, the bet- ter. Decisions made in a crisis are rarely the best ones. For starters, share your concerns. Children, particularly if they live far away, may have nightmares of Mom falling down the steps and waiting hours for help. Mom may fear that at the first stumble or sign of forgetful- ness, she'll be pressured to move out of the house and surrender her independence. It's possible to allay both those concerns. "If you have a parent who says I'm staying here. I don't care about this that or the other, find out why that's so important to them," Beckerman-Rodau says. "You might be able to find another environment that makes you 84 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 When Aging Comes Between Parent and Child M E D I A B A K E R Y Perhaps all children need is assurance that their parents aren't taking unnecessary risks.

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