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Going into Care It can be difficult and emotional to raise the subject of a loved one needing care. Children can often feel awkward taking an ‘adult’ role in deciding their parents’ future. Research by home care company Home Instead Senior Care, has revealed that almost one third of adults find it difficult to start conversations with their parents about certain life issues. They are hoping to promote the ‘40:70 rule’, sharing the idea that if you are 40+ and your parents are 70+, it is time to start talking before an emergency occurs. “With the UK’s rapidly ageing population, more and more adult children will find themselves tongue-tied when dealing with certain issues relating to their elderly parents,” Anthea Pilkington and Irene Godwin of Southport-based Home Instead said. “What does an adult son say to his mother when she’s reversed the car into a lamppost again? How does a grown daughter enquire about her widowed father’s new relationship without causing offence? How does an adult son ask his mother if she’s taking her medications like she should?” A guide to conversation starters and responses to awkward topics is available online at as well as an assessment tool for adult children to gauge the quality of their conversations with their parents.  16


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