Because science has added so many years to our lives, many mid and later-life adults have elderly parents that require their assistance. This can directly affect planning for changes in work or other life areas. One of the most challenging things an "adult child" of an elderly parent is called upon to do is to have conversations about life changes such as giving up the car and moving into an assissted living community.
As a gerontologist, Betty Burr has worked with individuals to assist them in finding the right things to say. She also conducts small group sessions for people who need a support community to help them with these difficult transitions.