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Tough Conversations
Expert Guide

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Take time to check on a loved one's well-being.
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Starting a Tough Conversation is Easier Than You Think

Discussing health, housing or finances with a parent can be intimidating to everyone involved - but it doesn't have to be. I'm Joan Lunden, and I've teamed up with A Place for Mom to help prepare you for this holiday season. We've gathered top experts in fields to help you ask the right questions while visiting home.

Our experts will guide you through these important topics with your aging loved ones. In addition, I’ve added a few helpful tips on how to get started and keep the conversation positive and productive. Download the Complete Guide.

Happy Holidays,
Joan Lunden
Former Host of "Good Morning America"

Leslie Kernisan
Part 1: Discussing Health with Aging Loved Ones

Dr. Leslie Kernisan, Geriatrician

Geriatrician, Dr. Leslie Kernisan gives us a checklist of medical red flags that may indicate that your parent needs additional care. From basic life tasks to mood and behavioral changes, find out what to look for and learn what you can do if your parent is resisting help. Read Expert Interview.

Melissa Henston
Part 2: Assessing Wellbeing

Dr. Melissa Henston, Geriatric Psychologist

Geriatric Psychologist, Dr. Melissa Henston describes our parents’ biggest fears about aging and assisted living. Putting ourselves in their shoes helps us communicate in a more respectful and open way, and avoid the pitfall of them shutting down on challenging topics. Read Expert Interview.

Andy Smith
Part 3: Financial Planning

Andy Smith, Financial Advisor

Financial Advisor and Radio Talk Show Host, Andy Smith, CFP® delivers a fundamental investment strategy for your family and your aging parents. Get advice on how your family can afford senior care for your parents while safeguarding their assets. Read Expert Interview.

Stuart Furman
Part 4: Legal Planning

Stuart Furman, Esq., Elder Law Attorney

Elder Law attorney, Stuart Furman, Esq. details the important aspects of estate planning, and why procrastinating jeopardizes medical and financial options later. Find out how to approach your parents about their end-of-life wishes that will provide clarity to you, your parents, and to other family members that may find the topic difficult to discuss. Read Expert Interview.

Wes Ashford
Part 5: Assessing Cognitive Ability

Dr. Wes Ashford, Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist

Leading memory expert, Dr. Wes Ashford shows us how to assess our parent’s cognitive ability in a fun and engaging way. Learn the warning signs of cognitive impairment and how to discuss your parent’s condition, while treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve. Read Expert Interview.

Complete Guide: All Conversation Topics

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A Place for Mom Complete Guide to Tough Conversations
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