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Family Members Should Know Needs of Elders

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Conversations between family generations can be helpful in determining needs.

Younger family members often end up helping their elderly loved ones, who may face the problems of aging. However, if the younger people do not know what to do and what the elderly person wants done, then the best help is difficult to provide.

If younger people are to determine the needs of the elderly, they will need conversations with those relatives long before any help is needed, according to WLNS in "Conversations About Elder Needs Aren't Happening, According to Wells Fargo Survey."

Conversations about what will happen when we get older and are no longer able to care for ourselves are not always comfortable, but these conversations are important. They do not have to be too difficult. Younger family members just need to know some basics about what their elderly relatives want, such as whether or not they would prefer to live at home as long as they can. Younger people also need to know where to find any important legal papers and what their responsibilities might be.

An estate planning attorney can help in creating dialogue between the generations.

Reference: WLNS (May 8, 2018) "Conversations About Elder Needs Aren't Happening, According to Wells Fargo Survey."

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Nina Whitehurst

Attorney at Law Nina has been practicing law for over 30 years in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law She is currently licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. Her Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating is the highest achievable: 5 stars in peer...

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