Do you know what the 40 / 70 rule is? The concept is that if you are 40 years old, or your parents are 70 years old, you should have a discussion together about senior care issues. It doesn’t matter what the general health is of your parents at that time – hopefully they are both healthy and happy. In fact, that is the perfect time to discuss such issues, before a health crisis has occurred.
The 40 / 70 rule was developed by Home Instead Senior Care, which discovered that nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have a major communication obstacle with their parents when it comes to discussing senior care issues. The topic that adult children had the most difficultly in discussing with their aging parents was that they had to leave their home. If you are having difficulty discussing elder care issues with your parents, these conversation starters may help you get started.
Have you started talking to your aging parents about senior care issues? What tips can you recommend to others on approaching this delicate and difficult subject matter?