As your parents age, they start to feel their independence slipping away. Some seniors accept this as a normal part of life, while others fight it with every fiber of their being.
When your parents don’t want to admit to growing old, they may begin to hide things to make up for their incompetency. They will hide events from you to prevent you from thinking of them as frail, unable to care for themselves. They may begin to experience fear of being put into a nursing home or assisted living facility, and therefore not tell you about serious issues surrounding their health and well being.
Understanding what your parents might hide could help you talk to your parents and encourage honest communication.
Accidents – Any type of accident that your elderly parent has, unless it lands them in the hospital, will most likely be hidden. These accidents include falling, car accidents and even elder abuse. Your elderly parent might worry that you will want them to have 24-hour care or take away their driving privileges if they inform you of their recent accidents or experience with elder abuse. [Read more…]