Coaxing parents to take better care of themselves

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New York Times

To encourage your aging parents to move in a healthier direction, the key is to ask them to do something small and easy first because that increases the chances they will do something larger later. Psychologists call that “the foot in the door” technique because agreeing to the first small task builds a bond between asker and askee “that increases the likelihood of complying with a subsequent larger request,” said Adam Davey, associate professor of public health at Temple.