Worried About Dad at Work

Dad is still working full time at 80 and loves it but I can tell it's taking a lot out of him. How can I help him slow down a little and cut back on all the work?

A good place to start is to consider if this work commitment is something that Dad is bothered by or is actually energized by. Consider how you may perceive the situation and address YOUR worries. Talk to your parent about their work and seek to discover whether their activities actually may be keeping them feeling vibrant and useful as they contribute to something greater than themselves. Your concern may be more about your own worries than about any actual concerns for your parent's well-being. Perhaps you can keep an eye on Dad and simply help to bring balance if his work seems to be negatively impacting his health or quality of life.

Published on December 15, 2011.