Home Instead Offers Free Resources To Help Bridge Communication Gap Between Baby Boomers and Aging Parents

Home Instead Offers Free Resources To Help Bridge Communication Gap Between Baby Boomers and Aging Parents
senior careIndependent research by the Home Instead Senior Care network of seniors, adult children, senior care and legal professionals provides new insights into the dynamics of the conversations that do and do not take place between Baby Boomers and their aging parents. A new survey finds approximately 80 million Americans currently avoiding the sort of end-of-life discussions with aging parents that can save families years of heartache, intra-family bickering or even tied-up assets and legal issues. Nevertheless, millions currently steer clear of the topic according to the Marist survey conducted for Home Instead, Inc. Senior care professionals surveyed estimate that less than one-third of families (31%) have had adequate conversations about aging and end-of-life issues. The top two excuses cited as reasons for avoiding these conversations are discomfort and procrastination. Nevertheless, many survey respondents also indicated apprehension that their families could experience future problems due to lack of communication about topics such as finances and health, and based on the survey results, Home Instead, Inc. gathered experts to propose strategies that can help make this potentially difficult conversation easier for families. The results of this initiative have been released as the "40-70 Rule" program, including An Action Plan for Successful Aging. Home Instead recommends that given the potentially severe consequences of waiting too long to have these critical conversations, that p
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