September 19, 2011
Every once in a while, a book comes along that’s so insightful – and so helpful – that I must recommend it to friends and clients.
“How to Say it to Seniors,” by David Solie, is such a book. In fact, it’s one of the best books I’ve read about communicating with senior citizens.
“How to Say it to Seniors” is a practical guide for Boomers, and for professionals who work with the aged. It details the obstacles and the choices faced by seniors as they contemplate their own lives – and their own mortality – as people around them begin to pass on.
In general, the author tells us, seniors are motivated by two things:
- the need to maintain control (and the competing need to let go)
- discerning (and determining) their legacy, and how they’ll be remembered
Solie gently prods us to discover why we communicate so poorly with the seniors in our lives, and why we always seem to be bullying and prodding them to do something that we believe is “for their own good.”
In the book, he gives examples of typical mis-communication and conflicting agendas within families. And he gives practical advice on how to resolve these issues.
Click here to order a copy of the book.
If there’s a senior in your life, and if you feel that your communication can be enhanced . . . this book is required reading!