Longevity brings many advantages plus some challenges. Each family will look different, but many are experiencing the gift of their parents living longer than previous generations and some of us still have our children at home when we retire.
This trend is causing stress and there are many questions and conversations that should be taking place within the family. The depth of these conversations is often side-tracked through parents not wanting to discuss their situation and anxiety on the part of the children to open the conversation. Here are some of the many topics that should be on the radar:
None of the above is easy. Longevity is a gift and can at times feel like a challenge. Sometimes the change comes suddenly with a stroke/heart attack. Each family will need to navigate their own path. Our parents sacrificed so much for us. It is time for us to do the same for them. Treasure the time and help your children to engage as much as possible with their grandparents.
We too need to learn these lesson as we will grow old next. Learn some lessons from this process for yourself. The one thing that is certain, none of us get out of this life- alive.