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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Coping With The Sudden Death of an Elderly Parent

Lucy Whelchel works with businesses, professionals, and agencies to prepare for the demographic shift to an aging America. In her article "Coping With the Sudden Death of an Elderly Parent", she reminds us that even when we don't plan ahead, there are resources for spouses or family members in crisis.

Ms. Whelchel reccomends calling or visiting the website of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Members of this organization ore knowlegeable about aging, as well as the services and programs available to families. Care managers often create plans of action aimed at meeting the specific needs of that person, and may help on a daily basis to help with daily activities or to find appropriate housing.

Second, the Area Agency on Aging is a reccomended resource. The Agency for your community can be found by visiting the Eldercare Locator Website. This can link to services such as "Meals on Wheels, senior centers, home nursing and personal care, respite care for caregivers, homemmaking and chore services, adult day care, senior victims advocate programs, injury prevention and protection programs, information on Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap and Long Term Care Insurances, Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias servicses, transportation, senior employment services, long term care ombudsman programs, and health promotion and disease prevention."

Finally, Ms. Whelchel points out that those that are 85 and older will increase by 56% from 2010 to 2030, and the number of persons from 65 to 84 will increase by 81% from 1010 to 2030. The important piece to take out of this article is to realize that planning for these changes and the aging of your family and loved ones can ensure that all live a full, healthy life.
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