Here’s something that trips up just about everyone we know. Our aging parents don’t want to believe that they’re getting older and need help.

In one case, a client we’ll call Barbara was trying to persuade her dad to get a helper at home after her mom passed away. Dad was adamant at first. He could manage by himself, but he couldn’t cook. After he lost 15 pounds, Barbara finally talked him into a home care worker to do the cooking. Within two months, he was back to normal weight and even got to like the worker.

Then there was Melissa and her sister, Joan. Both tried desperately to convince their mom to move. Widowed, she still lived alone in the comfortable, two-story family home. She had fallen several times,

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