Important Discussions to Have with Family Elders

I’d like to share an article today by fellow BAM Alliance member, Joe Delaney, of Lifeguard Wealth. Joe is also a fellow swimmer and former lifeguard – one of those real lifeguards who worked the beaches in Southern California and saved numerous lives while navigating his way in and out of the surf.

I worked a pool in the basement of a building in downtown San Francisco. I taught lots of kids and adults to swim and kept a close eye on our predominantly older clientele – helping them in and out of the pool when they needed it or giving them a warm towel before a chill set in.

Joe’s article is timely for me personally for a couple of reasons. First, while I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, I was making a difference for my group of older swimmers. Some liked the simple interaction with a young person each day while others may have been making a huge effort to get to the pool knowing I would be there to help them in and out of the water – an otherwise impossible feat.

The other reason Joe’s article is timely for me has to do with my 90-year old father whose aging process has accelerated in recent months.  While his affairs are in order for the most part, there are particular things I wish I had addressed a year or more earlier.

Joe talks about dealing with aging parents and the numerous important matters that should be addressed while they still have the capacity to do so.  He interviews elder law attorney and registered nurse Carolyn Rosenblatt, who has a tremendous perspective on matters of concern to seniors, their loved ones, and care givers.

Enjoy Joe’s article and interview but, more importantly, use it as motivation to have discussions with your aging parents or other loved ones about the numerous important matters that need to be addressed while they still have the capacity to do so.

To read the article, click here :

The Elephant in the Room: Addressing Aging Issues with Family Elders