Retirement planning is typically focused on the needs and goals of an individual or couple. However, most people plan for their retirement without factoring in how they might be called upon to help out their adult children, aging parents, and/or siblings.
Too often the challenges older adults face in balancing their financial security is with the needs of their family members. How family plays a part: It’s a Family Affair. Three converging trends are making retirement and family connections far more complicated:
- Parenthood Doesn’t Retire. In today’s uncertain economy, adult children and other younger relatives, are struggling with careers and financial difficulties and turning to older family members for a helping hand.
- Extended Lives, Extended Needs. At the same time, due to rising longevity, retirees are still caring for their parent(s), requiring greater emotional, physical and financial support.
- Stretched and Stressed. Many pre-retirees and retirees have insufficient savings, making them stressed over competing priorities, such as preparing for and financially managing their own retirement while also helping family members.
Links to some of our favorite Blog Posts regarding Family:
Americans 50 and Older
A Checklist for my Family
Using Technology to Enhance Family Caregiving
Community Service Ideas for Helping Elders
Long-Term Care is an Expense Down the Road for Many Retirees
Longer Lives Provide Us with an Opportunity to Redesign the Way We Live
Are You Ready for Longevity? 4 Steps to Take Now!
Estate Planning Advice for Women
Childless Seniors Need to Have a Support System
The Financial Pros and Cons of Getting Married Later in Life
When Do You Plant to Retire?
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Resources for Seniors:
Specializing in Care Management and In-Home Care
Sound Options has been both a pioneer in Professional Geriatric Care Management and a major influence throughout the nation as a leading provider of care management-led home care services. Their Professional Geriatric Care Management team (Registered Nurses, Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Counselors) is made up of “Expert Advocates” trained in elder care and complex family needs.
Substance Abuse and Addiction with the Elderly
Many adults 65 years of age and older misuse prescription and illicit drugs, but alcohol remains the most widely abused substance among the elderly. Other drugs, such as opioids, prescription medications, and marijuana, are also commonly abused by older adults.
The Hummingbird Project
The Hummingbird Project is a one-on-one therapeutic activity program for older adults, as well as adults with disabilities. This unique program pairs clients with Activity Specialists who create individualized programming for each client based on holistic quality of life goals; this might include intellectual engagement, life review, creative enrichment experiences, memoir writing, art classes, physical activity, etc. You will receive a brief report after every session highlighting the activity or events of the week.
Senior Driving Courses & Resources
Provides a guide to help seniors find defensive driving courses to help them obtain insurance discounts and improve their driving skills. It also offers additional tips and resources for keeping seniors safe behind the wheel.
Purple Cross Funeral and Cremation Pre-Planning
Losing a loved one can be the most difficult experience a family can face. More adults are finding that planning their own funeral service offers great emotional and even financial security for their loved ones. The Purple Cross plan is an excellent means to set aside funds, protected from Medicaid spend down, and everyone qualifies.
For more information contact Robert Branscomb at (253) 576-7422
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Answers for Elders Radio
Helping families to navigate the complicated world of Eldercare
You can hear the show on 820AM KGNW The Word Seattle at 1PM Saturdays and on 1590 AM KLFE The Answer on 1PM Saturdays, and 9PM Sundays.
Elder Care Matters
ElderCareMatters is America’s National Elder Care / Senior Care Resource Directory that includes: Thousands of “Verified” Listings of Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals.
The Mesothelioma Center
Gives you the latest mesothelioma information, support and free access to top specialists for better care and peace of mind. If you need legal assistance, Mesothelioma Law Center provides visitors with comprehensive information and can help asbestos victims recover money for medical treatment and other expenses.
The Senior Scene
Senior Media Services serves the information needs of seniors in Pierce and King counties with their monthly newspaper, “Senior Scene” and a yearly directory called “Where To Turn.” Both publications are distributed free.
3rd Act Magazine
3rd Act Magazine endeavors to inform, inspire, and entertain older adults. Their stories and articles challenge worn-out perceptions of aging and offer a dynamic new vision: Aging is good, let’s celebrate and embrace this stage of life, and let’s age together with confidence.
A Guide to Hospice Care:
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A Survivors Checklist, after the death of a loved one:
Right now, people are more isolated than normal, which adds another layer of complexity for those struggling with anxiety and depression. Social frameworks that usually exist to provide a supportive presence are greatly impacted, and COVID-19 related life changes and stresses are compounding, likely leading to or furthering mental health issues.
If you need help with mental health, whether it be for yourself or a loved one, you may find these resources helpful.
Tech Resources for Seniors:
Tips for buying a Medical Alert System.
The latest products typically use GPS tracking to pinpoint the location of someone having a problem while taking a walk, gardening, or running errands. When a user has an emergency, IAED-trained agents assess the situation and provide the necessary aid as quickly as possible. Agents can contact 911 responders, roadside assistance, 911, or even a locksmith when necessary. They can also call approved family members, neighbors, or friends for help.
Grand CARE Systems
Home Monitoring System for the Elderly
Technology Enabled Senior Care Solutions For Better Home Health Care
Age In Place Tech
Aging and Health Technology Watch
Industry Market Trends, Research & Analysis
The Center for Information Technology Research
In the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute, create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.
Smart Tech for Seniors
Technology is user-friendly and certain gadgets can enhance senior's lives by helping them stay independent. Smart Tech for seniors provides tech products for the home, for health, and for everyday life.
Candoo Tech provides tech support and training to help older adults feel more comfortable with phones, computers, tablets, and more.
Offers senior cell phones, medical alert systems, and mobile medical alerts to help seniors stay safe.
A cloud-based platform that improves patient health and wellness through connected care.
Front Porch for Innovation and Wellbeing
The technology research arm of Front Porch, a nonprofit company that manages senior living and affordable housing communities.
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
(800) 329-8387 x71234
Social Security Administration
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