Who Will Take Care of You When You’re Old? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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My husband and I don’t have kids. Finally, now that we are in our mid-forties, people have stopped asking when we will. But for a very long time, when we indicated that we didn’t have children, people—even strangers—would inquire, “But who will be there for you when you get older?” Frequently my response was, “We have long term care insurance,” with a smile. That usually shut down the conversation.

Of course, such discussions have always reminded me that our older adulthood will differ from peers who will have adult children, grandchildren and possibly even great-grandchildren. While having children does not guarantee anyone a caregiver someday, we know that we may have less social support than other older adults.

Because of this, when I first heard about Joy Loverde’s new book Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?, I immediately said to my husband, “We need this book.” I’m thrilled to report that this book is much more than what I was expecting. While Loverde recognizes our situation, she also reminds the reader that thinking ahead about who will support you in old age is not just an issue for the childless. Even those with many adult children should be proactive in developing a robust social network for their later years.

Loverde covers practical ideas such as how to become better at socializing (even if you consider yourself shy) so you can enjoy more social support. She also offers provocative ideas like having a funeral before you die. Repeatedly while reading Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old, I found myself thinking, “I never thought of that before!”

Though I was initially personally interested in Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old, professionally I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a more fulfilling aging experience.

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Are You Generationally Sensitive To The Senior Living Buyer? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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The generation in which we are raised impacts how we see the world, communicate and make purchasing decisions. For a very long time, senior living marketing and sales staff have focused their efforts on impressing our oldest generations: the Traditionalists and Baby Boomers.

As a senior living marketing or salesperson, are you aware that more Millennials are caregiving than ever before?  AARP reports that about 25% of all caregivers are currently of the Millennial generation.  What have you done to gain better insight into the minds of these younger adult child shoppers of senior living? The features and benefits that appeal to Baby Boomers and their parents may be perceived very differently by Generation X and Millennials.

What values are common for Generation X and Millennials? What is most important to them?  What are their expectations? With the changing senior living landscape, understanding how to shift strategies when working with buyers of different age groups is essential.   How are you keeping current?  Jenerations can help you better understand senior living shoppers of different generations; please click here for more information: http://jenerationshealth.com/keynotes/

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Eighty Never Looked So Good: 5 Ways George Takei Continues To Inspire – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Today, on George Takei’s 80th birthday, here are 5 ways the man best known for Star Trek and LGBT activism shows us that age is just a number:

1. Takei keeps intellectually active.  Not only does he still work but he recently taped his Broadway show Allegiance, bringing it to movie theaters, breaking a film screening record:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-george-takei-screening-breaks-records-20170106-story.html

2. He defies age stereotypes.  With over 10 million followers on Facebook, 2 million on Twitter and 1 million on Instagram, Takei demonstrates that social media is most certainly not only for the young.

3. The Howard Stern Show announcer believes in moderation.  Takei enjoys wine, meat and even the occasional Taco Bell meal.

4. The former Heroes star is physically active.  100 pushups and 50 sit-ups daily isn’t bad for a person of any age!  Plus, he talks openly about how he and husband Brad Altman are still intimate even as they get older (which most older adults can be if they want).

5. He’s got a positive outlook.  While Takei admits he has “bad feet” and some aches and pains, he is grateful for a healthy body.

So if you ever think you (or a colleague or family member) is just “too old,” consider George Takei.  Are you judging yourself, a coworker or a family member on only chronological age?  Activities, interests, work and habits say much more about people of all generations than the dates on their birth certificates.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

3 Ways To Talk To Older Parents This Thanksgiving Without Starting A Fight

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The holiday season is upon us and many adult children are seeing their aging parents for the first time in a while (and for several days in a row).  You may think this is the perfect time to discuss concerns about driving, their ability to live alone or overall health issues.  But since you also want to have a peaceful relaxing holiday, how do you gently broach conversations without putting them on the defensive?  Here are three tips:

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Which Generations Should You Spend Your Money On?

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75-year old Janet put her house on the market with the intention of eventually moving to assisted living. Miraculously—and unexpectedly–her house sold virtually overnight! Upon the sale, Janet moved in with her daughter Connie and Connie’s husband Jeff as a temporary solution. Immediately Janet and Connie began the search for the right assisted living community.

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