Caring for aging loved ones

Articles by Dr. Sandra Timmermann

Why is it so hard to have 'The Conversation' about long-term care? - Tips for getting started
Long-term care planning isn’t only about money and finances. It is primarily a family affair, as so many family members—the spouse or partner, the adult children, and of course the person needing care—are affected by decisions that are (or aren’t) made along the way.

Navigating the caregiving experience: resources to help clients
Many adult children of aging parents don’t know where to start if they need to make decisions about Mom and Dad’s care. Financial services professionals can play a role by providing information about services available to family caregivers, how to access them and what they might cost.

Making decisions about our parents’ care - Stay at home? Assisted living? Skilled nursing?
One of the hardest decisions for adult children of aging parents to make is what to do when it becomes obvious that Mom or Dad are having difficulty living at home without assistance. There are professionals in every community who can assist families make hard choices, but how much better it would be if parents and children talked about these issues well in advance of need.

Preparing for possible cognitive decline: the difficult conversation
We can all hope that our brains will stay healthy into our 60s, 70s, and beyond but the problem is that no one can be certain. Planning for possible cognitive impairment, no matter what the odds, is so important, but it is one of the most difficult topics to talk about.

Mom and Dad’s house is full of “stuff”: where do we start?
Boomers and Gen Xers may not know it, but they may face a time when they will need to help their parents clear out their home or end up doing it by themselves. A conversation about a house full of “stuff” and what they want to do with it might be a good opener for more the difficult topics that need to be covered.

Caring for aging parents - what's a working woman to do?
At some point in our lives, it’s likely that we will become caregivers to an aging parent, a spouse or partner, or a family member. Here are some caregiving basics that may surprise you.

Caregiving and finances: it’s all in the family
Both the family and the financial professional can take the initiative and make a difference by confronting the issue of financing care early, before it is too late.