The senior living decision is not one that can be taken lightly. Families often struggle with this, and it’s easy to see why: Not only do family dynamics play a very big role in the senior living decision, but there are also age and gender differences in decision-making styles.
Of course, when we talk about age and gender differences in decision-making styles, we are talking about tendencies, not absolutes. But these observations go beyond simple stereotyping in that they have been well-verified through research.
Whether you’re deciding to buy a house with an in-law suite or to move Mom or Dad into a senior living community, understanding these response patterns can help you set a direction for your family in a way where everyone feels included and potentially avoid clashes among family members.