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You took your mom to the doctor, and she’s upset with you because the appointment took too long. You helped Dad with the yard work, but he’s annoyed that you didn’t mow the grass in the right pattern. Why do older adults complain so much even though they have people working hard to make their lives easier? There are several potential causes for this behavior, and one simple question can help you get to the bottom of things: Has this person always been negative and prone to complaining, or is this a new occurrence? If a senior has always been abrasive, complaining may be the only way they know how to communicate. It is likely that they are not even aware...

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