Friday, November 9, 2007

Preparing for Elder Care

The Sandwich Generation: Stress from Parents Stress from Kids

I spoke earlier tonight at Horizon Community Church about how to best care for our elderly relatives, friends and church members. There was a nice group of people in attendance that ranged in age from 50 to 75.

Many had already started to deal with elderly parents and relatives. Several were asking questions about estate planning, long term insurance, ways to discuss financial issues with elders, and how to buffer the shock of becoming dependent again after being independent.

As we plan our curriculum for 2008 I am committed to having sessions on these and other timely topics. Education can assist us in facilitating good, open discussions with out family and ways to avoid family squabbles.

What topics would you like to see covered in our next year? (Other than how to correct a golf slice and ways to putt better.)

Long Term Care
Facilitating a Family Council with elderly parents
How to decide when to enter a retirement home?
Sibling rivalry
How to deal with elder resistance and anger?
Other Issues?


Nourishing Relationships said...

Visit our blog to get some ideas that may be interesting to your group - it helps to network with each other as support is a coping skill that helps all of us.

Gary Sweeten said...

Thanks for the link. Yep, we really do need each other. I will read your blog and pass it on.