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Family conversations about aging, health, long term care, and end of life can be difficult. Having open and honest communication about these topics is essential and helps you to understand what your loved ones need and want, and ensures they have a good quality of life. 


 
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  • Where should you start? Having a conversation about long term care planning can be overwhelming.  With so much to cover it can be easier to retreat instead of moving forward with the discussion. This article will help you with topics to cover and questions to ask.

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  • Many older caregiving families are also blended families and have to learn how to get along. This AARP article explores how adult children and their new stepparents can balance the responsibilities... and offers practical suggestions on how to try to ease some of the stress that caregivers experience within blended families.

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  • There are many misconceptions about long term care. This tipsheet will provide some facts to aid in your planning.

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  • Caregiving is an all-consuming responsibility, whether you’re providing hands-on personal care or managing care from a distance. Compassion fatigue can be a side effect of caring for someone in need.

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  • Long term care conversations with the important people in your life may be unpredictable, but also eye opening. It is important to know what their expectations are as well as yours. Family dynamics can come into play and cause some uncertainty. This article provides helpful tips for you to consider before you have your conversation.

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  • It may not be a fun conversation. But there’s often a direct correlation between how difficult a subject is to talk about and how important it is to have that talk. This article will help you 'break the ice' and get started for this important talk.

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  • Long term care is one of the most pressing issues facing Americans today– and it will only get more urgent as the nation ages. While people are living longer, many have little idea about the added pressures on their “long life care”– fiscally and emotionally.

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  • The Atlas of Caregiving provides guidance on how to create a care map for your family. 

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  • Talking to loved ones about big issues like aging, money, health and end-of-life care can be awkward. Having honest conversations now lets you know what your parents or loved ones want, and can help ensure that they live life on their terms and as fully as possible. 

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