Family Dynamics

Successful Communication With Your Elderly Loved One

Successful Communication With Your Elderly Loved One
Many adult children fear talking to their parents about the tough choices ahead, such as having care in the home.  Sound Options helps families with these discussions regularly and can help you too.  Here... read more
Published on August 25, 2017.

Rocking the Roles: How NOT to Parent an Aging Parent

Rocking the Roles: How NOT to Parent an Aging Parent
Changing Relationships As children, part of the process of human development is that we differentiate from our parents. Over time, our independence and authority grows as we mature into adulthood and the once hierarchical parent/child... read more
Published on January 4, 2016.

Financial Decisions or Financial Disaster?

Financial Decisions or Financial Disaster?
"Mom and Dad are making a lot of big financial decisions and I'm nervous that some of the financial consultants they are dealing with may not have their best interests in mind. How can... read more
Published on August 13, 2015.

A Declaration of Inter-Dependence

A Declaration of Inter-Dependence
Deep in the American narrative lies the archetype of the pioneer, a symbol of independence and grit, who makes a way of life out on their own in new territory. However, the problem with... read more
Published on July 10, 2015.

Fear Itself: Tackling What We Fear Most About Aging

Fear Itself: Tackling What We Fear Most About Aging
In his 1933 inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered these famous words to generations of Americans steeped in the depression, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which... read more
Published on July 6, 2015.

Fear of Burdening Our Families as We Age

Fear of Burdening Our Families as We Age
Conversation Relieving the Pressure The sense of not wanting to be a burden to our families as we age is an emotion that runs deep for many. When it comes to relieving the pressure and... read more
Published on July 3, 2015.

The Elephant in the Room: Tackling Difficult Family Conversations

The Elephant in the Room: Tackling Difficult Family Conversations
In a cartoon by Jennifer Berman, a banner hangs above rows of auditorium seats reading, “Adult Children of Normal Parents Annual Convention”. Just two individuals are sitting in the otherwise empty event space. We... read more
Published on April 3, 2015.

The Usefulness of Grief: Ambiguous Loss & How to be Present with Those Grieving

The Usefulness of Grief: Ambiguous Loss & How to be Present with Those Grieving
Ambiguous Loss The end of a life triggers a whole set of customs and rituals that usher in the grieving process. We know the Kübler-Ross diagram of the five stages of grief. We have bereavement... read more
Published on March 4, 2015.

When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Cancer

When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Cancer
Whether it is your long-time spouse or an aging parent, the impact of a cancer diagnoses is felt throughout the entire web of relationships that surround us. Even in recent films from The Judge... read more
Published on February 13, 2015.

Eldercare Changing Family Dynamics

Eldercare Changing Family Dynamics
When we think of the challenges of helping parents age well we may think of living arrangements, medications, or shuffling around work meetings and doctor appointments. What many adult children haven’t bargained for is... read more
Published on January 21, 2015.

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