Unexpected changes and ageing: preparations & conversations

Most people’s daily lives will include routines and planned events. Not everything in life can be anticipated, but there are some things we can all do to minimise the unexpected having a negative impact. Likewise there are some things that can be uncomfortable or awkward to discuss. The long term health condition that will progress over time. The changes caused by increasing age and frailty, or declining overall health.

It can be a challenging area for professionals and families alike, but to make life a little easier please look through the resources below as they could help address how to approach some of these issues more easily.

Conversations for older people and their families

Dealing with difficult conversations by Independent Age (attached)

Which? Overcoming common challenges

https://www.which.co.uk/later-life-care/carers-and-caring/talking-about-care-options/how-to-deal-with-difficult-conversations-a5nhd4f3upqf

Practical advice

Dementia – sudden changes (advice for carers)

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementia-together-magazine/feb-march-2018/carers-tips-sudden-changes

Living with multiple health problems – Health talk

http://www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/long-term-conditions/living-multiple-health-problems/topics

How to look after your mental health in later life – Mental health foundation (charity)

One in five older people living in the community and two in five people living in care homes experience depression or poor mental health

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-in-later-life

Planning ahead – Marie Curie

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