“Tough Talk” With Your Aging Parents Is Now More About Prescription Drug Abuse Than Finances | Forbes
It used to be that having the “tough talk” with your aging parents meant trying to get them to open up about their finances and plans for their future, including their desires about what they want us to do when they die. But, a new survey, “The Tough Talk: Aging Parents and Substance Abuse,” commissioned by WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), opens up a whole new area to explore with those older relatives, including, for some of us, with our spouses.
As a parent struggles to live independently, your generous first inclination is to open your home. “Come live with us, Mom,” or “We’ve got plenty of room, Dad,” is an offer many adult children make. It’s a loving gesture to help keep your parent safe and return at least some of the care that you freely received as a child. More than one in three recipients of unpaid family caregiving live in their family member’s household, according to a 2015 report from the AARP Public Policy Institute. Multigenerational homes work well for many families, but these arrangements aren’t necessarily best for everyone. It takes forethought and a gut check for all parties involved to succeed
Paro the furry seal cries softly while an elderly woman pets it. Pepper, a humanoid, waves while leading a group of senior citizens in exercises. The upright Tree guides a disabled man taking shaky steps, saying in a gentle feminine voice, “right, left, well done!”
The Great Recession (2007-2009) not only cost millions of Americans their homes, jobs and life savings, it also took a toll on their health, according to a study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Specifically, the study found that middle-aged and older adults experienced higher-than-expected increases in blood pressure and blood glucose levels in the aftermath of the Great Recession. High blood pressure and glucose levels are associated with many major health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They are also known to be particularly responsive to stress.
Between a third and a half of people age 45 to 59 and a quarter of those 60+ went without needed health care in the last year due to its cost, according to a troubling new survey from the West Health Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago.
Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.
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