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Survey: Ohio Baby Boomers Aren’t “Prepared to Care” for Aging Parents

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Monday, November 12, 2007   

Columbus, OH – Most Ohio baby boomers are not prepared to care for their aging parents, according to a new survey from the American Association of Retired Persons. The national AARP survey finds that, while more families are talking about living arrangements for aging parents, only 40 percent of them have actually started making plans.

It's a huge issue for a growing number of Americans. Jane Taylor, director of the AARP in Ohio, says elderly parents and their children need to talk about what the parent wants and then start looking into their options, whether that means in-home assistance, transportation help or long-term care.

"When people want to stay as independent as long as possible, it really does require some planning."

According to AARP's survey, financial arrangements often are overlooked, and most families underestimate the costs of home health care, nursing homes and other types of care delivery. Taylor says the sooner families start making these arrangements, the better.

"It is the kind of thing that many families wait to address until a crisis occurs, and then their options may be more limited."

Taylor says the upcoming holidays are a good time for families to talk about these long-term plans. She says Ohioans with aging parents can begin with some basic questions about what their parents are looking for.

"Ask, 'Where would you like to live in the future?' 'What kinds of services might we help you look into?' I think it's saying to them that we care that they live as independently as they want to live."

A free "Prepare to Care" guide is available at www.aarp.org. The AARP survey results are online, at www.aarp.org.



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