Caregiving for Aging Parents

Dear Friends,I recently came across this excellent article on WebMD about caring for aging parents.  Not only does it provide insight into the challenges, it offers some excellent tips and it also shares the upside of caregiving for an aging parent.  Well worth the read…

Keith

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Role Reversal: Caregiving for Aging Parents

Aging in AmericaThe dynamic of age in America has shifted dramatically over the last 60 to 80 years, experts agree, and its impact on the family is clear.

“There is definitely a changing age structure within families today,” says Neal Cutler, PhD. He is the executive director of the Center on Aging for the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodlawn Hills, Calif. “Its cause is simply greater longevity.”

With more Americans living well beyond their 70s, more adult children are now left in a position where they have to be caregivers for their aging parents.

“There’s a greater likelihood today that, as a 55-year-old, you will have surviving parents, than there was say in the 1920s when both parents passed away before you reached the age of 50,” says Cutler, who is also dean of the American Institute of Financial Gerontology. “This means that middle-agers, who are planning for their own older years, also have to think about their parents.”

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