Many experts agree: by the time you approach age 40 and your parent is around 70 or vice-versa, you should have had the “talk” about issues so many families want to avoid. Topics such as legal and financial choices, health, driving, dating and end of life can be perplexing.
The Home Instead Senior Care® network refers to this concept as the 40-70 Rule®, a programme launched to start important conversations early, before a crisis occurs.
Backed by research with Irish seniors and their adult children, the Home Instead Senior Care network now wants to take those important conversations further. The 40-70 Rule: An Action Plan for Successful AgeingSM encourages individuals and families not only to start those vital conversations soon, but to finish them with a plan that can help take the guesswork out of ageing. The plan encourages individuals of all ages to ACT (Assess, Consider, Talk) on their desires and wishes for the future, then put their plan into action.
It’s never too late to talk, but starting today could make the road ahead a lot smoother.