Our Parents ~ As They Age

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Your dad use to run beside you so you would not fall while learning how to peddle your very first two-wheeler. Now, you walk beside him as he grasps onto a walker to steady his gait.

Memories of mom rolling out cooking dough and frosting a cake, escapes her now because, hers has faded with time and she can't remember the recipes or how to use simple kitchen utensils.

As our parents age we need to make sure they are taking care of themselves and staying healthy, especially if they are still living on their own. Sometimes they will not admit needing assistance and then other times, they may not realize it at all. The idea of leaving home or receiving in-home help for everyday activities can be distressing for all. Before that happens, take the time to sit down with your parents and discuss with them what their plans for the future may be before a disability or dementia occurs.

Seventy percent of people over 65 will require long-term care at some point in their lives.  And, contrary to what many people believe, Medicare and private health insurance programs do not pay for the majority of long-term care (LTC) services most need ... such as dressing or using the bathroom independently.  Planning now is essential to ensuring that proper care will be available when the time arises for yourselves as you age and for your aging parents.

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