Why is my elderly Dad so resistant to change?

Why is my elderly Dad so resistant to change?

Over the years, I’ve dealt with some of the most headstrong seniors you can imagine. Take something like a proactive move to Danbury as an example. You’ll hear things like “I’ve lived in my house for 50 years; no way am I moving now.” or “I’m FINE living alone.”

Here are some tips to help a determined senior see the benefits of change:

  1. Help them understand the “why” behind the change. “Mom, I want to help you keep up with your bills. It wouldn’t be safe if the heat were turned off.” Or “Dad, we worry about the stairs in your house. Do you feel confident when using them?”
  2. Put yourself in their shoes and be empathetic. Can you imagine living in the same house for 50 years - raising a family and more - and then being told you have to move?
  3. Admit that you don’t know all the answers, but that you will help them decide the best option to keep them healthy, safe, and happy.

Helping a senior see the benefits of change isn’t always easy, especially if the change brings uncertainty to their lives. Danbury Senior Living has been the hometown resource for these conversations for over 25 years. Please let us know if we can help in any way!

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