Caregiver needs help communicating with Grand Parent

Dear Dr. CC,

I am glad to be able to care for my Great Grandmother, but I did not grow up around her and do not know her very well. I find it awkward to have conversations with her about her personal affairs.  Can you give me advice about this?  Agnes K.

Dear Agnes K.,

If you have family members around who are more familiar with your G-Ma you might be able to enlist their help for advice regarding how to talk with her.  This family member might be able to help you understand the barriers to communication and how to overcome them.  If not, then look for a social worker or senior counselor through her house of worship or local senior center where she lives.

If none of these situations works our for you, then talk with our G-Ma’s doctor  and ask them to recommend a good counselor.  Failing that, try calling ElderLocator at (800) 677-1116 or visit the website at

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