Mothers and Daughters

Step 4: Talk to Your Mother about Aging

Growing older isn't what it used to be. Technology and medicine have come a long way in helping women live longer, healthier lives. Today the average woman's life span is 84, and climbing every decade. If your mother is actively enjoying her later years, this conversation will serve as a way to celebrate her vitality and draw out her wisdom. If your mother is struggling with the aging process or is in poor health, this topic will help you give her information and encouragement that will help renew her spirit. And, if your mother is still quite young, use this material to talk with her about issues that have affected your grandmother. Either way, this is your chance to use the skills you've learned so far to have an open and honest talk about aging, your mother's wishes for her later years and the effect that both of these things will have on you.

How do you feel about getting older?

Take a few minutes to see what your beliefs are about aging with regard to your mother and yourself. Respond to the following statements in your journal, and simply notice what comes up. By checking in with yourself, you'll be better prepared to talk with your mother.

  • What I most fear about getting older is ...
  • What I think my mother most fears about getting older is ...
  • What I'm most excited about with getting older is ...
  • What I think excites my mother most about being older is ...
  • What I have learned from my mother about aging is ...
  • When my mother is no longer able to care for herself, I will ...
  • When I am an old woman I will ...
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