07 July 2017

Positive Ways to Encourage Your Parents to Live Healthy Lives

There is a point in life when the child becomes the parent; or at the very least, closer to it than either party is entirely ready for. For years, we tend to turn to our parents for guidance, support, and the very best ideas - but over time, we develop our own instincts. That can mean that eventually, we have different ideas to our parents - especially when it comes to their health.

It’s understandably tricky for someone in their twilight years to admit to finding something difficult. As we age, we all have a tendency to become more stubborn and insist on doing things in ways that we find comforting and familiar. You will find that your parents are no different. While they might value your input and want to know your concern is appreciated, that’s no guarantee they are actually going to listen to you.

This can be especially difficult to deal with, as all you want is what’s best for them. If you want them to follow a particular course of action or explore a specialist health benefit, then you might need to be careful about how you introduce the concept. They might appreciate you going out of your way to help, but at the same time, still be resistant to anything that is outside of their comfort zone.

So how can you do the very best by them, but preferably without them knowing it?

Lead Them to Water--

To paraphrase that old saying; you might not be able to make your elderly parents follow your wishes, but you could at least encourage them to consider them. For example, rather than outright stating what you think they should do, you just hasten them towards the right decision. If you’re worried about their bones in later life, then mention a few AlgaeCal reviews that you’ve seen and wonder if it might help with your concerns about your bone health… then let it sit there. Do the same with the idea of vitamins C and E to help prevent cataracts, posing it again as a concern you have for your health.

Hopefully, they will listen in and wonder if they should be applying it to their personal experience as well. Don’t force it, though!

Ask Their Doctor to Step In--

If you have a legitimate concern about the health of your parents, then you can ask their doctor to step in - but it can be difficult. You can’t directly contact the doctor to discuss their situation without their agreement; it violates doctor-patient confidentiality. So what can you do?

Send a letter. Write down the concerns that you have, but acknowledge that you know the doctor can’t discuss them with you directly - you are just raising them to ensure they get mentioned. Hopefully, their doctor will keep this in mind during their next visit, and might be able to ask some pertinent questions (apparently - to your patients - just from their own clinical curiosity rather than your intervention) to help ease their issues.

While the options for getting these problems addressed can be limited, hopefully one of the above will help you. Remember, if all else fails, there’s nothing wrong with outright addressing your concerns to your parents - sometimes, honesty is the best policy of them all!

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