Star Tribune Columnist Gail Rosenblum frequently writes about aging and encourages adult children to ask their parents the tough questions about growing older and being less independent.  Recently she found out firsthand how tough starting that conversation is.

Gail and her brothers had “the talk” with their 83-year-old mother, and Gail relates that experience in her column as a springboard to help others.  She also offers advice from LeadingAge Minnesota and from Ecumen board member Dick Olson, whose personal situation and deep knowledge of aging issues gives him a unique perspective on making decisions about a loved one’s care.