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There's probably nothing you can do from so far away. I'm sorry. I know that is such a terrible thing to hear, but as long as your mother or father maintains autonomy over her medical treatment your only option really is to try and convince them of better options, like you asked about. Unfortunately, convincing an irrational person to listen to rational ...


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I've worked retail in The Netherlands for quite a while. I've had customers point out things that needed my attention. Of course, there's different ways this can be done and some are nicer than others, but in general, people are likely to overthink this: I'm working the store, I'm there to handle situations from 'the toilet ran out of toilet paper' to '...


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(Since you edited your question, I can now try and give a proper answer). Considering that those "badly-wearing-mask people" live in the same country as you, where safety advice from the authorities are common, and obviously heed this advice to some extent, I’m pretty sure they wear their masks improperly with due knowledge (= they know it's wrong ...


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To clarify the analytical evaluation presented in this answer, I will introduce a summary of the main points, followed by my answer, to show that you can help by respecting your parents' intelligence; you present no indication of age-related mental decline. You appear to believe, based on your mother's denial of the moon-landing in 1969, that your parents ...


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There are two possible situations: A person is not wearing a mask: It happened to me once before that I entered a grocery store and simply forgot to put on a mask until I already had some items in my basket. The store was pretty much empty, so lucky for me no one noticed. Since I always carry the mask on my person, I could quickly remedy that situation and ...


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Be content with your efforts to protect yourself. Know that you are doing everything you can to prevent the spread of Covid. And let everyone else manage themselves how they see fit. I'm right! I've been wearing a mask since before they were mandated in the place where I live. My first mask was a neck gaiter. The material was very thin. I wore it high on my ...


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When your mother says she is tired, she doesn't mean how most people use the word after a day's work. She means something like showering and getting dressed will wipe her out for the rest of the day. She is probably making a lot more effort than you realize in making her appointments. Also, you should realize that doctors don't always move as fast as you ...


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Like others already said, telling them to wear mask properly often lead to arguments or even a fight. Since I'm very annoyed by those people too, I tried different ways. The best one so far was to look at them until they look at you too and then I simply point with my finger on my mask. Some react with putting up their mask correctly, other just got out of ...


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When talking with relatives with vastly different worldview I have found, that fact based discussion is almost impossible, because set of sources they consider trustworthy has little to no intersection with my trusted sources. What I do in this situation is to try to build empathy instead of engaging in discussion. For this I found stories and personal ...


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I think you, as a retired psychiatrist, no doubt are well-versed with these principles of which you may perhaps wish to remind yourself from time to time: When a friend shows her care in a way that is unhelpful, it does not mean she would want to burden you or impose some sort of solutions on you. It probably means she is so desperate to help you out the ...


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