The holidays are well and truly upon us. For many, that means spending extra time with family we don't see very often throughout the year. Families of older adults may consider using this opportunity to observe how things are going with their loved one and make any necessary suggestions or changes to ensure they are aging safely and happily.
Of course, conversations about aging issues are easier recommended than had, which often makes it tempting to postpone them. Below are just a few of the topics that come up, and some common reasons why families find them so hard to address:
Research by the Home Instead Senior Care network confirms that 68 percent of families wait too long to begin discussing and planning for aging and end-of-life issues, unnecessarily making them vulnerable to uncertainty, family fights and even legal disputes.
In order to not let this statistic happen to you, we have extensive resources, including a downloadable Action Plan for Successful Aging, help with overcoming potential conversation hurdles, specific tips for issues like driving, end-of-life planning and other issues, and so much more.
You can also contact us any time to learn more about successful aging and how we may be able to help.
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