Where Are All The Boomers Going?
Perhaps the nuclear family is becoming outdated
What happens to Mom and Dad when they get older? Who will care for them?
As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement and old age, the cost of health care and care of the aged is set to grow exponentially. With the volatility of investment security, huge corporations failing, and retirement funds being plundered by unscrupulous fraudsters, what happens to the old folks?
We can call on government and social services to pay the price, but the cash still has to come from somewhere. That means the taxpayer: you.
What if there was a way to contain that cost? In the new book, Adopting Your Parents: What to Know Before Taking the Plunge, Melanie Ambrose describes how she cared for her aging parents for twenty years. This helped them to live out their years in comfort, without having to worry about what was going to happen to them down the line. They knew they would be okay.
Realizing that more and more people are thinking of taking care of their parents, she decided to help provide the kind of information she wishes she’d had before she and her husband took the plunge and took on the responsibility of caring for both her parents.
You may think that life will be a dream, where three or more generations will coexist in peace and harmony, but life just isn’t often like that. In this short, engaging book, the author mixes her own experiences with stories she heard from other people who had also “adopted their parents,” all in an eloquent and conversational way.
Some of the things you will discover in the book are the questions and agreements that should be considered and discussed before anything is decided; that it could end up being a longer arrangement than you anticipate; and that you shouldn’t expect any thanks for your kindness.
Whilst adopting your parents can disrupt a household, it can also bring joy, greater respect for each other and will definitely give you many opportunities to grow as a person and a family.
As one reviewer pointed out, this book is not intended to persuade the reader one way or the other, it merely highlights issues and questions that will help the reader make a more informed choice based on their own particular circumstances.