This month, we have been excited to launch the 40-70 Rule program
which is dedicated to helping adult children of seniors and their
parents talk about issue related to aging before it’s too late.
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. Recently, 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 are 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
We’re 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 541-330-6400 for, or you can
action plan is an interactive guide to six of the most common
conversations that seniors and their adult children need to have:
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 there is still some
information they would like to know about their parents’ personal
situation, including their health, financial 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 541-330-6400.
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