| Hi Taylor:
My siblings and I have been talking about how to help my parents navigate
their remaining years. They're in their 80s and have some money but
not a lot. Any advice?
Hi Scott: That's great that it's become a family affair. It's
tough to watch these decisions fall on one person, so I'm glad you
have siblings to share the load.
You can do a lot to help make this transition easier for your parents.
If you're just starting the process, here are a few things to focus
them through a relocation. There are a lot of reasons for
elderly people to move. Sometimes it's for safety, other times
for companionship, and many times just to cut costs. Whatever
the reason, the most important thing you can do is handle all
the little things that make it a pain. Moving is hard for everyone
- it's especially hard for people who have lived in one place
for decades and now have to change their routine. Take care of
the phone and cable, setting up the room, every detail you can
manage. Help your folks focus on the exciting parts of the move
(making new friends!) and dwell less on the scary parts (change!).
2. Help with budgeting. If possible, help your parents
stop spending on products and services they used to love in their
50s but no longer actually use or need. New expenses can be pretty
troubling for anyone set in his or her ways, but if you show them
how rent or a new car payment can be offset by ditching some unnecessary
spending, the adjustment becomes much easier.
3. Be on call. The hardest thing for you and your siblings
might be the most helpful for your parents. After so many years
of independence, it's tough to become dependent on the children
you raised. Mom and dad might have some hesitancy to call for
help even when it's a simple issue that you could fix in a couple
minutes. Stop by as often as you can to make sure all the remotes
are working properly and the windows open and close without too
much trouble. Those small jobs make a big difference in a person's
daily life; try your best to stay on top of what tasks and errands
| This can be
a hard time for everyone involved. It requires a lot of patience and
attentiveness, but it's the most rewarding type of work there is.
Wishing you and your family the best!
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