Practice the art of offering choices for both big and small items. What seems to be a trivial choice to adult children may be significant to aging parents whose choices are dwindling.
Reframe the connection between choices and preserving control. A walker may not be aesthetically pleasing but it protects the longterm independence against loss of control that comes with a serious fall.
Aging presents tough choices for everyone. Being clear about their impact on preserving control doesn’t make the choices any easier, but it does provide a critical “informed consent” before it’s too late.