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Should I believe my parents when they say they don't want visitors?

I don't want to be the overbearing know it all daughter but at the same time I worry about them being alone. They keep telling me they prefer each other's company over socializing with other people. They welcome visits from us kids and when I go over the house is clean, meals are fixed, etc. I just worry about them being so dependent on each other.
Status: Open    May 01, 2015 - 10:08 PM


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May 12, 2015 - 10:51 AM

It sounds as if so far they are doing well if the home is clean and meals are cooked. Do you have any health concerns for them right now? What you mention is a sort of role reversal, you the child, turning to a caregiver role for elderly parents. You may find the attached article helpful information as you continue on this journey with your parents.


They may be opting out of 'visitors' per se from friends or neighbors because they DO want to spend time together but the fact they are welcoming to family is a good sign. As folks age their energy can diminish and they may be opting to conserve that energy for family specifically. If that shifts or you see something amiss in the home I would suggest a different course of action.


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