As baby boomers age, so do their parents and with that comes the added responsibility of taking care of the needs of the immediate family-- spouse and kids and making sure that the needs of aging parents are also addressed and taken care of. Elder care within a family can be the source of tension, stress and feelings of resentment amongst family members, however, those feelings can be exacerbated after the death of parents if matters are not planned out before they pass.
Author Carolyn Brent knows this first hand. As the primary caregiver for her father, Carolyn realized the importance of making sure that families prepare for the passing of a parent on all levels -emotionally, financially and legally. Unfortunately many families don't know how to approach the topic while elderly parents are still alive and after they pass, it can be daunting and even impossible to protect their assets and carry out their wishes, especially if the surviving family is divided.
Carolyn wrote the book, "Why Wait," to help families learn what it takes to prepare for the death of a parent and ensure their wishes are carried out, while the parent is still alive and able to participate in the planning. Carolyn talks about this issue with host Scott Moak. For more information or to find the book, go to caregiverstory.com
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