Independent Age has spoken to older people and family members about their experiences of tackling difficult conversations.
Their survey found that millions of older people delay and avoid these important conversations about getting old and planning for the loss of independence in old age. People especially find conversations about care at the end of life difficult to broach.
Without these conversations families may find theirselves being overtaken by events, making rushed and maybe even ill-advised decisions about such key areas as care, housing and finances.
The charity has produced an online guide to help families to broach these difficult subjects related to ageing: