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How should I discuss difficult news with my elderly parent?

Anne Fabiny
Geriatric Medicine
It's tough to impart difficult news, such as a dismal medical diagnosis, a request that a parent stop driving, or the need to consider long-term care arrangements to elderly parents you care for. Yet softening the blow by shading the truth may compound the original problem and is disrespectful to the person involved. Sometimes it's necessary to set forth a painful truth and simply acknowledge the way both parties feel about it.

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