Alpert Center to host free seminar on caring for elderly family members

Members of the business and local communities are invited to attend a free seminar designed to help working families balance their busy lives while caring for aging loved ones. “Balancing Careers and Aging Families: Care Options and Resources for Decision-Making” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 3pm to 5pm at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St.
Paul Hogan, co-author of the recently released book Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions, will be the keynote speaker at the seminar. A leading senior care expert, Hogan will review a number of important topics including financial planning for senior care, being a caregiver to an elderly parent, insurance options, and the state of senior care in America.
“With more than 78 million Baby Boomers on the verge of retirement, America is facing monumental social and economic challenges in the ways in which we care for our seniors,” Hogan said. “If families are not prepared, navigating the care continuum can become a complex process that sometimes involves misinformation and injects unwanted stress into our most important relationships.”
A recent survey conducted by home-care company Home Instead Senior Care showed that planning for senior care is “out of sight and out of mind” for most adult children and seniors alike. In fact, half of all seniors ages 65 to 75 have not thought about their own future care needs, and nearly a quarter of 35- to 64-year-olds could not name a single senior care option available today. Additionally, both seniors and adult children have the misconception that Social Security and Medicare will pay for senior care, while many are unfamiliar with the costs of today’s care options.
“Senior care options have expanded almost beyond recognition in the last 20 years, yet most Americans are still only familiar with nursing homes or family care at home,” said Hogan. “With tens of millions of Boomers starting to retire, it’s critical that people start thinking about this.”

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