Why is it so hard when an illness, associated with being old, is a diagnosis? How can support be given, and/or accepted, when it may be needed on an ongoing basis? Can independence be supported when extensive help is needed?
The conversation between caregivers and loved ones can be delicate, fraught with unspoken concerns and important to everyone’s well-being. Where researchers and clinicians used to focus on biomedical symptoms, they now incorporate psychosocial determinants of health, not the least of which are relationships.