According to the Pew Research Center, over 70 million Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 — the Sandwich Generation of Boomers — are dealing simultaneously with their own needs and concerns, the needs and concerns of their children, and the needs and concerns of their aging parents.

Local eldercare specialist Dick Edwards will be presenting “Mom, Dad ... Can We Talk? Family Conversations That Make a Difference as our Parents Grow Older” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (910 Ninth St., Menomonie). Nursery care will be available for young children.

Edwards has made this presentation to more than 125 audiences of adult children across the country and professionals in service to older persons and their families.

Edwards’ presentation and book are conversational, humorous, poignant, informative and encouraging, as he aims to help adult children anticipate and thoughtfully plan for caring conversations with loved ones.

Those attending the presentation will gain an understanding and appreciation for aging parents; learn how to help insure success in this stage of family life; to evaluate, anticipate, communicate, navigate and celebrate; and to acquire helpful hints for identifying and managing issues like dementia, drinking, depression and driving.

Edwards has 40 years of experience working closely with older adults and their families. For the past 20 years of his career, he served as administrator of Charter House, a nationally recognized model for excellence in retirement living and long-term care, affiliated with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Currently, he consults and lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

For information, visit http://www.momdadcanwetalk.com/

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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