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Guide to Long Term Care Planning

July 30, 2014

Aging seniors and their family caregivers often become overwhelmed by the myriad of issues they face as their health declines and they lose their ability to remain independent. Losing independence generally happens gradually, but can come quickly without warning.

When health declines, less serious needs generally arise first. These may include maintaining a household, preparing meals, shopping, paying bills, visiting the doctor, and managing medications properly. Generally, these needs are met by the spouse, adult children, or close friends of the elderly. More than 65 million people in the United States provide help for free to an aging family member or friend and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing this assistance. Although somewhat manageable at first, family caregiving over time can produce a serious amount of stress and financial burden. The AARP Public Policy Institute reports that:

"Caregivers can suffer loss of wages, health insurance and other job benefits, retirement saving or investing, and Social Security benefits - losses that hold serious consequences for the "career caregiver." A reported 37% of caregivers quit their jobs or reduced their work hours to care for someone 50+ in 2007 (70% of working caregivers suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual caregiving roles)."

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The articles below are provided by the National Care Planning Council. Each article is written to help families recognize the need for long term care planning and to help implement that planning. All elderly people, regardless of current health, should have a long term care plan.

Previous Articles:

May 6, 2014 - Growing Problem Facing Seniors: Reduced Spending Power
2014 March 25 Living Arrangements for Aging Seniors
2014 February 17 Preserving Assets and Transferring Assets to the Next Generation
2013 December 30 Holiday Caregiver Burnout
2013 November 11 Holiday Blues - Depression among the Elderly
2013 October 9 Speak Out Against Elder Abuse
2013 September 9 Leaving This World Alone
2013 August 13 Healthy Living and Successful Aging
2013 July 11 The Accidental Caregiver
2013 June 5 Social Security A Safety Net for Retired Americans, their Survivors, and the Disabled
2013 April 2 Benefits for Senior Veterans
2013 February 4 Family Matters
2013 January 8 Life Resource Planning Meets Needs Beyond Retirement
2012 December 6 Dying with Debt
2012 November 13 Invisible Heroes
2012 October 8 The Great American Tragedy: Homelessness Among Our Veterans
2012 September 10 Healthy Aging Physically, Mentally and Financially

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