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10 Tips to Keep in Mind While Helping Aging Parents
August 25, 2014

1. Getting old is financially scary

No matter how much money one may have, thinking about covering the expenses associated with aging or dealing with the unknown can be extremely scary. What if your elderly parent doesn't have enough insurance or savings to pay for long term care or a terminal illness such as cancer? Talking to a qualified professional to make sure any possible expenses are covered can be vital. If you need help finding retirement or eldercare services, the National Care Planning Council provides a free referral service of various senior services in your area.

2. Talking about changes in life is extremely hard

Talking about moving (whether to downsize or to a find a care facility), losing the ability to drive, or having to budget can be hard subjects for an aging parent to face (actually having to plan for it can be even more overwhelming). Taking small steps with a goal in mind can be very helpful. Writing down every step needed and crossing them off as goals are met can make it easier to complete each step, even if it seems to make the list of tasks to complete even longer. Meeting with a financial planner, placement manager, or insurance professional can be the first step to creating these lists.

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Previous Articles

2014 July 30 Guide to Long Term Care Planning
2014 June 25 Understanding the Issues Facing Aging Seniors
2014 May 6 Growing Problem Facing Seniors: Reduced Spending Power
2014 April 10 Caring for Your Grandchildren
2014 March 25 Living Arrangements for Aging Seniors
2014 February 17 Preserving Assets and Transferring Assets to the Next Generation
2014 January 17 Care Management Advice
2013 December 30 Holiday Caregiver Burnout
2013 December 6 The Beginning of the End-Of-Life Planning
2013 November 11 Holiday Blues - Depression among the Elderly
2013 October 24 Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15
2013 October 17 Home Repair Loan and Grant Program
2013 October 9 Speak Out Against Elder Abuse
2013 September 9 Leaving This World Alone
2013 August 13 Healthy Living and Successful Aging
2013 July 11 The Accidental Caregiver
2013 June 5 Social Security – A Safety Net for Retired Americans, their Survivors, and the Disabled
2013 April 2 Benefits for Senior Veterans
2013 February 4 Family Matters
2013 January 8 Life Resource Planning Meets Needs beyond Retirement
2012 December 6 Dying With Debt
2012 November 13 Invisible Heroes
2012 October 8 The Great American Tragedy: Homelessness Among Our Veterans
2012 September 10 Healthy Aging – Physically, Mentally and Financially
2012 August 1 A Cost-Effective Way to Acquire New Clients or Customers
2012 July 7 Heat Wave Puts Elderly at Risk
2012 June 6 A Cheaper Alternative for Respite (Adult Day Care)
2012 April 12 Will the Government Pay for My Long Term Care?
2012 Mar 8 Senior Home Owners Find Financial Resource in Reverse Mortgages
2012 Feb 7 ARE YOU LISTENING?
2012 Jan 11 Is Insurance the Answer to Long Term Care Planning?
2011 Dec 12 Recognizing the Need for outside Help in Caregiving
2011 Nov 7 Celebrating Family Caregivers - National Caregivers Month
2011 Oct 10 Can I Get Paid to Care for a Senior Family Member?
2011 Sep 6 Expert Help Available for Seniors on the Move
2011 Aug 8 Social Support Activities Lead to Better Quality of Life As One Ages
2011 July 7 It Has Been a Year Since We Filed for Aid & Attendance for My Father
2011 June 6 How To Protect The Family Home From Medicaid Recovery
2011 May 5 Downsizing, Organizing, Handicap Remodeling or Relocating
2011 April 11 Using Your Home Equity for Long Term Care
2011 March 9 Choosing Home Care Services That Meet Your Needs
2011 February 7 Somebody's Sweetheart
2011 January 7 Working with Elder Parents in Planning Financially for their Long Term Care
2010 December 8 The Perfect Holiday Caregiver: It's all a state of mind
2010 November 5 Choices for End-of Life Caregiving
2010 October 6 Legal Issues with Veterans Benefits
2010 September 8 Helping Your Elderly Parent with COPD Related Depression
2010 August 9 Getting Your Affairs In Order
2010 July 8 Applying for the Veteran's Aid and Attendance Pension: My Personal Experience
2010 June 8 Recognizing Symptoms of Dementia
2010 May 5 The Financial Health of Aging Seniors
2010 April 7 Vitamins and Mineral Supplements Are Important for Older People
2010 Mar 8 Employer Support for Care Giving Employees
2010 Feb 7 Caring for Senior Veterans - VA LTC Benefits
2010 Jan 10 Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly
2009 Dec 09 Who Was Supposed to be Watching Grandma?
2009 Nov 11 Long Term Care for Senior Veterans
2009 Oct 13 Planning for Your Elder Years
2009 Sep 24 Pre Need (Pre-Paid) Funeral and Burial Plans
2009 Sep 9 Medication Problems and the Elderly
2009 Aug 20 Community Aging Services and Senior Centers
2009 Aug 6 One-Stop Shopping for Elder Care Services
2009 Jul 9 Family Reunion--a Good Time for Family Planning
2009 Jun 25 Putting Home Care in Perspective
2009 Jun 4 The Hidden Secret of Elder Abuse
2009 May 20 Government Program Pays Family for Care
2009 May 5 Keeping Mom and Dad Safe at Home
2009 Apr 23 Helping Your Older Parents Stay Happy & Healthy
2009 Apr 8 Long Distance Care Givers Receive Help
2009 Mar 17 Government Program Pays the Cost of Elder Care
2009 Feb 26 Nursing Homes for Veterans
2009-Feb 12 Insuring Your Retirement Funds
2009-Jan 29 Finding a One-Stop Shop Solution
2009-Jan 15 New Years Resolution – Plan for Long Term Care

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