David Solie, Communication Expert


David Solie is an author, educator, speaker, and thought leader in geriatric and intergenerational communication. His book How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap With Our Elders is a landmark text that has been read and reread by legions of baby boomers searching for a better approach to working with their parents and other older adults. It offers unique insights and proven, practical communication strategies that help professionals and laypersons alike interact more compassionately and effectively with older adults.

David Solie is a graduate of the University of Washington, University of Manitoba, the University of Colorado Medical School, and he practiced for a number years in family medicine as a licensed physician assistant.


Recently Published on Caring.com

How do my sister and I come to an agreement about whether my parents should move to an assisted living facility? — Jul 14, 2008
The struggle between siblings over their aging parents never comes down to right or wrong. It always involves a clash of agendas that quickly degenerates into a battle of w...
My mother needs help but is unwilling to accept it. What should I do? — Jun 11, 2008
At some point, our loved ones' choices seem to go from bad to worse. We see our parents spinning out of control and we know we are the only thing that stands between them a...
My mom asked to be moved to assisted living, and now she is miserable. What can I do? — Apr 07, 2008
Most of us are not prepared for the rapid deterioration that aging parents often experience when they leave their primary residence. Even if they pre-approve the move, ther...
How can I help my demanding father -- without neglecting the rest of my life? — Apr 07, 2008
When older adults give up their primary living environment, they feel out of control. Even if the new facilities and support staff are ideal, it may not ease the psychologi...
Why does my father refuse to sell his car after having his license pulled by the DMV? — Nov 18, 2007
People face an unimaginable number of losses as they age -- including the loss of their closest friends and relatives, their physical vitality, and their independence. It's...
Why does my mother talk about health issues -- in excruciating detail? — Sep 10, 2007
It's common for elderly people to talk about health and illness -- and just as common for their children to be exasperated by these discussions. Although your mother may...
Now that my mom is in a nursing home, how can I make the most of my one-hour visits with her? — Sep 09, 2007
It's often difficult for adult children to adjust to the changes in their relationship with an elderly parent, but it's especially difficult when the parent has dementia. A...
How can I convince my dying mother to write a goodbye letter to her grandchildren? — Sep 09, 2007
It would be wonderful for your children to have a letter from their grandmother. A simple, honest expression of her values, her reflections on her life, and her hopes for h...
What's the best gift for dying parent? — Sep 09, 2007
If your mother is up to it, you should certainly celebrate her birthday, but that doesn't mean you need to shower her with gifts or goodies. As you make clear, there are...