Yes, Our Parents Are Aging, But We Can Help

While we can’t stop time, we can help our parents prepare for their next phase with some honest talks. You’ll be glad you did, and you may even have some fun along the way.

A grandpa walks with a cane in a sunlit field with his grandson.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

I was recently talking with one of my girlfriends, and she exclaimed, “Our parents getting older is the worst.” I couldn’t agree more. My parents are not only my mentors and role models, but also two of my closest friends.

Discussing or even thinking about our parents growing older can be uncomfortable and scary, but it’s something that is inevitable, and therefore critical to talk about. Finding the courage to have a fearless conversation with your family by bringing everyone together – parents, siblings, grandchildren and other relatives who will play an important role — will only help for a smoother transition as the aging process continues.

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Kelli Kiemle, AIF®
Managing Director of Growth and Client Experience, Halbert Hargrove

Kelli Kiemle holds multiple roles with Halbert Hargrove. As Managing Director of Growth and Client Experience, she sets the tone for the quality and character of Halbert Hargrove's client service relationships. She also manages the associate wealth advisers and client service managers. Kelli is also responsible for overseeing the firm's wide-ranging marketing and communications initiatives, including their mentor program.