Our parents are our role models. They were there to help us learn how to ride a bicycle without the training wheels the first time and they were there to pick us up when we fell. Our parents are the ones who have helped to guide us through childhood and into adulthood.

This is why having to talk with them about possibly needing help and needing care is so difficult. Suddenly, the roles are being reversed and most of us don’t know how to go about having this discussion. It feels like we are encroaching on their independence and their ability to recognize that they need some extra help on their own.