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Aging Today ‘The Conversation’ is a must, no matter how awkward

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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:00 am

“The Conversation” … How to initiate it? How to sell the reader on the importance of it? As I replay these questions repeatedly in my mind, I reach for pop culture iconography for parallels and yes, please, for levity. Why does the catch phrase “The Contest” keep interrupting my thought process? “The Contest” was the hilarious Seinfeld episode that stoked the embers of water-cooler banter for weeks. Oh, how I wish “The Conversation” could somehow play out the same way. “Hey, tonight I am having the conversation? Oh, I hear Bob had the conversation …”

The conversation I am referring to is about end-of-life care for our aging loved ones. In reality, it is the birds and the bees for our parents. Replacing “how babies are made” with “end of life decisions conveyed.” Both conversations, awkward, necessary and, if left unspoken, are potentially emotionally and/or physically damaging. “The Conversation” is really a misnomer; ideally we should be having several conversations with many facets of end-of-life care to discuss. The biggest obstacle is overcoming the dread and getting started.

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