We are excited to launch the 40-70 Rule program which is dedicated to
helping adult children of seniors and their parents talk about issues
related to aging before it’s too late.
The program gets its name
from the ages by which experts recommend these conversations should have
already started: 40 for the adult child, 70 for the senior parent. New
research has found that, in a lot of families, these important
discussions aren’t happening. In a recent survey, 34 percent of adults
who participated were identified as conversation avoiders. That is, they
haven’t talked about any important end-of-life issues with their
parents or children, or they have talked about just one issue.
hoping the 40/70 Rule program will change all of that. At the heart of
the program is The Action Plan for Successful Aging, which you can call
our office at 480-827-4343 for, or you can preview here.
action plan is an interactive guide to six of the most common
conversations that seniors and their adult children need to have:
• Living Choices • Financial Choices • Health • Relationships and Dating • Driving • End of Life
each of these topics, the plan shows an ACT (Assess, Consider, Talk)
approach, with step-by-step worksheets to help you and your family
through the process.
We learned this was important because nearly
one-half of adult children (49%) surveyed say would like to know about
their parents’ personal situation—including their health and financial
status or housing care needs—so they can help them if necessary.
In other words, families know they need to have these conversations, they’re just uncomfortable or don’t know where to start.
hoping that the Action Plan for Successful Aging, as well as the other
materials we’ve developed for the program, can help. One tool that many
have found useful already is this conversation tree,
an at-a-glance way to quickly identify what your family’s specific
issues are, and some quick resources to help you start addressing them.
always, we’re here to help you through the process. For example, if
your senior would prefer to age in their own home, as statistics show
that 90 percent do, our CAREGivers can help ensure they are able to do
so safely and independently. We also offer transportation options for
seniors who have stopped driving and we can provide other local
resources for professionals who specialize in helping seniors and their
families plan for the future. Please contact us at 480-827-4343.
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