Why is Grandpa so Stubborn?

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Why is my elderly Dad so resistant to change?

Over the years, I’ve dealt with some of the most stubborn little old guys you can imagine. And the ladies are no better. Take something like a proactive move to a community like Stow-Glen as an example. You’ll hear things like “I’ve lived in my house for 50 years, no way am I moving now!” or “I’m FINE living alone- are you trying to take the house away from me?” Here are some tips helping a stubborn senior with change:

  1. Help them understand the “why” behind the change. “Mom, I want to help you keep up with your bills- we don’t want the heat cut off, do we?”
  2. Be honest and admit the change might not work. Let them know you’ve considered all variables and it might not work. They’ve been there and done that. They want to know that you know this might not work!
  3. Put yourself in their shoes and be empathetic. Can you imagine living in the same house for 50 years- raising a family and more- and then being told you have to move, for your own safety of course!


Helping a senior see the benefits of change isn’t always easy. Especially if the change brings uncertainty to their lives. Stow-Glen has been the hometown resource for these conversations since 1984, please let us know if we can help in any way!

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