Independent research by the Home Instead Senior Care® network of seniors, adult children, senior care and legal professionals provided new insights into the dynamics of the conversations that do – and do not – take place between Baby Boomers and their aging parents. This updated research revealed that families who wait too long to begin discussing and planning for end-of-life issues could be vulnerable to uncertainty, family fights and even legal disputes.
The research shows that while many of these families think they have had adequate and timely conversations about a number of issues including finances, living choices and health, these families are generally being overly optimistic about the quality of their communications and their preparedness. Senior care professionals surveyed estimate that less than one-third of families (31%) have had adequate conversations about aging and end-of-life issues.
To prompt families to start conversations and turn these talks into an action plan, Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, has created the "40-70 Rule®: An Action Plan for Successful Agingsm; The idea of the 40-70 Rule is that by the time you are approaching 40 and when a love one is about 70, you should have had the “talk” about aging and end-of-life issues that so many families are avoiding.
The 40-70 Rule: An Action Plan for Successful Aging provides expert advice to help families start critical conversations about the future and put their wishes and desires into action. This plan includes conversation tips and considerations for a wide variety of circumstances such as living alone, blended families, having dementia and religious preferences. Here’s more about the research behind the program:
Talking Happens Too Late
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