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Eldercare – Coping Mechanisms

September 6, 2011

Reader’s Digest had a fabulous article in it this month on eldercare and the growing demands for more support for those of us who have aging parents.  To read the original article by Jonathan Rauch, published in The Atlantic in 2010, go here:  However, the RD version had a great many links to support resources in their article.  I was unable to find a link to the RD version online.  So, I recommend getting the latest RD issue if you have aging parents and taking note of the author’s and the RD team’s advice.

Some things are important to discuss before there is need so you know what your parents’ specific wishes are and you can plan their future with them.  As someone who is currently managing an elder parent, I cannot stress enough that you need to do this planning early and that you need to protect yourself and your life and family throughout the process.  That means different things for different people, but there are issues surrounding end of life that we are better advised to address earlier, rather than later.  Pre-planning allows this time to have the greatest amount of joy for all.

Patty Cunningham, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Preferred
Exton, PA 19341
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One Comment
  1. September 7, 2011 8:05 am

    Patty, You’re right on the mark; planning is the key. Without it people are drawn where they never wanted to go, when the unthinkable happens and their health suddenly changes. At tha point they are out of options as the emotional and financial consequences of needing care dominate their lives. With a contingency plan in place, however, it’s a whole different story…

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