Remember the first time you were very ill? Or had a fall and broke a bone?
Our parents were there to care for us. Therefore, it is only right that we reciprocate in kind and care for them so that they can enjoy their golden years.
However, the discomfort of a colonoscopy coupled with the stubbornness common in elderly people, means that getting your parents to have one might be difficult.
Here are our top 5 tips on how to help them overcome their negativity:
1. Stay healthy to do the things you want. You might say:
- "Don't you want to spend more time with your grandchildren?"
- "Don't you still want to go to Japan, Korea, and Europe?"
2. The act of gratitude. You might say:
- "You have been taking care of me all this time, now that I am all grown up let me do the same so that you can enjoy your golden years without fear of cancer."
3. Real examples. You might say:
- "Did you know that [name of neighbour] has colorectal cancer?"
- "Remember [name of relative] had a colonoscopy last week and he said that it didn't hurt?"
4. Be transparent. You might say:
- "It's true that a colonoscopy is a bit uncomfortable. But a moment of discomfort for a decade of peace of mind is a really good deal"
5. Highlight government statistics. You might say:
- "Did you know that according to the Ministry of Health, colorectal cancer is ranked the most common cancer in Singapore1?
- "Did you know that men and women are equally at risk2?"
- "Did you know that if detected early, the recovery rate from colon cancer is as high as 93%3?"
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