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At certain places in our lives, talking about the future can be incredibly exciting. We imagine the adventures we’ll have, the home we’ll live in, the partner we may meet and the kids we might be lucky enough to raise. However, as we get older, thinking about the future can become a little less exciting and a bit more overwhelming for both the individual and their loved ones.
Earth Day is not new. In fact, we’ve been marking the day for more than 50 years with various campaigns and celebrations across the world. However, the holiday that was created to bring attention to the dangers of smog in cities has evolved into a much larger movement bringing forth the most pressing climate challenges that our societies and our planet face.
Caregiving for a parent or spouse can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be a demanding one. This is especially true when the senior you are caring for has Alzheimer’s disease or a life-limiting illness. The stress that comes from being responsible for the well-being and safety of someone dear can be significant. It can trigger a range of difficult emotions, including guilt, fear, and sadness.
As we grow older, most people reflect on what their lives have stood for, how they will be remembered, and what legacy they will leave behind. Part of successful aging is feeling as if we made a difference in the world. Beyond financial planning concerns, there are other benefits of legacy planning that include living with purpose and documenting family history. For seniors, an important part of this process is feeling confident younger generations are aware of their values and experiences.
Downsizing to a condominium or senior living community is often a good idea for many reasons. Maintaining a large house doesn’t always make good financial sense when only 1 or 2 people are living there. Also, home maintenance and repairs can be a lot of work for seniors and their families. But after living in the same house for a number of years, as older adults often do, the idea of packing up can feel overwhelming.
When an aging parent’s health begins to decline, it can be difficult to figure out where to turn for help. The senior care industry has so many options for support it might be overwhelming. It's common for seniors and their adult children to waffle between enlisting the services of a home care agency or deciding to relocate to an assisted living community.
When a senior loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the impact on the entire family is significant. The disease is often referred to as “the long goodbye” because it slowly robs a person of their memory and independence, while families watch helplessly.
For adult children and their senior loved ones, understanding the pricing structure and options for how to finance assisted living care can be confusing. Each senior living company structures their monthly fees a little differently. Some bundle expenses into one monthly fee. This charge covers everything from rent and utilities to personal care and meals.