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A shift has happened in my family over the last 10 years. It’s one that happens to every family at some point. I went from having 2 sets of active and healthy grandparents to watching their healthy slowly decline. I’ve seen my parents and their siblings share the burden of caring for the aging parents, and all of the emotional challenges that come with that and we’ve said goodbye to some of the dearest people I’ve ever known.
Life changes. We all get older.
This being a grown-up thing isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.
I’ve been a caregiver for most of my adult life. I became a mom at 23 and I’ve been looking out for the needs of my tiny people ever since then. Caregiving is something that comes naturally to moms so it’s not a huge surprise that most of the caregivers providing care to aging parents (and later aging husbands) are women.
For most of us, this may seem like a problem that can be put off until later . . . much later, when we are in a stage of life where we have to think of it.
The problem is, there’s a disturbing trend that goes along with this. Women who are caregivers, for aging parents and husbands, often use up quite a few of their own resources in order to provide care and bring in the outside help that they need. Where does that leave them when they need care themselves?
Financial specialist Megan K. McAvoy says that women are often the caregivers but when the time comes when they need care themselves often times the resources aren’t there. That’s a scary thought.
Most of us will probably be faced with caring for our aging parents at some point in the future. As we know from being at home with young kids, being the caregiver in an isolating job at times. Being financially and emotionally prepared for the challenge can help to soften the blow and make the experience a more enjoyable one.
Genworth can provide you with resources to help prepare financially for whatever may come your way. I mentioned last month how important it is to talk to your loved ones about long-term care insurance. These conversations don’t get any easier but they can simplify our lives if they happen earlier rather than later.
Do you feel like you’d be prepared to care for your aging parents?