Liz Schoen, Jewish Community Services
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia
We will explore the relationship between older adults and their adult children. It will focus on how to have difficult conversations about the inevitable transitions seniors face as they age and how these transitions affect their adult children. We will explore how we can maintain and even grow relationships between parents and children. We will talk about the tug of war between autonomy and safety in our lives. Some of the conversation will focus on logistics: what will be the triggers for transitions including giving up paying bills, giving up driving, addressing the need for more support for cooking, laundry, cleaning, medical care and end of life choices as well as the need to be in control of how one lives the end of one’s life. While other parts of the conversation will focus on the feelings and emotions that such conversations conjure. Both generations will have the chance to express and listen to the other’s wishes and thoughts. Since many things change as we live our lives, we will talk about how to keep communications and planning open and ongoing.