3 Things You Should Never Say to a Mature Adult
It is very natural human response and emotion to get frustrated with an adult as they age. You want your Mom and Dad to stay young forever. You want to be there to stop your parent(s) from making what you perceive as bad choices. Sounds like a normal parent – children relationship, doesn’t it? Now it is in reverse when it becomes a child – parent dynamic. These interactions can cause strain and resentment in the relationship, making it harder for family members to get along.
So, it is important to have self awareness about how conversations should be managed to maintain respect between all parties that are involved. Here are a few tips to help you know what you should never say to a mature adult:
You Already Said That
People of all ages repeat things without realizing that they already said something. A loved one, your friend, your neighbor might repeat stories, and it is important never to make them feel bad about the information they are sharing. Listen to the story without passing judgment and engage the conversation in building the relationship together.
I’ll Do That for You
Never assume that you should handle a task that a person can do on their own. If someone is moving slow, there is a temptation to jump in with an offer to help. It might be easier to quickly complete the task and move on with the day, but that takes away the independence of an individual. In a situation where help might be needed, always ask permission before jumping in to help.
It’s counterproductive to tell a mature adult that they are confused, even if they are moving at a slower pace compared to a younger person. Sometimes it takes a longer time to master a task, but that doesn’t mean that the person is confused about the things they are doing. Keep in mind that each person has their learning curve and some people require a little more time to learn a new skill.
At Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we have an experienced team that enjoys working with mature adults. We offer the respect and attention that each person deserves. If you are looking for real estate services for aging adults, then you are welcome to call us anytime to learn more: (844) 782-9674