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Ahead of The Curve Community Caregiver Training: How to Have the Conversation

  • Start with an open-ended question
    • How are you doing?
    • What have you been doing for fun lately?
    • Is everything alright? 
  • Frame everything around their goals (e.g., if you let a handyman help you with some repairs, you’ll be able to have your grandchildren over more often). Emphasize that there are services available for older adults that need extra support. 
  • Hand the older adult a flyer or pull up getaheadwashtenaw.org on your phone or a computer so you can explore it together.  
  • If the older adult rejects your help, listen to and validate their concerns. Don’t force anything or argue. Leave information with them so they have it if they change their mind.