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Have You Discussed Long-Term Care With Your Loved Ones?

This video could inspire you to start the conversation

Most people do not think about planning and paying for growing older and needing care until something happens. We are optimists. We think we’re so young.

But conversations about our care preferences, housing needs, financing options and health preferences should start so much sooner than when we’re in an emergency situation.

Watch this video, which features real families beginning these conversations. We also turned to an expert for additional perspective — Joseph Gaugler, a professor who holds the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care & Aging in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Perhaps it will inspire you to talk to your loved ones about your decisions, hopes and preferences if you should need long-term care one day. 

By Shayla Thiel Stern
Shayla leads the editorial team and content strategy as the Director of Editorial and Content for Next Avenue at Twin Cities PBS. She has spent a career in digital media journalism and digital strategy at organizations including washingtonpost.comEdmunds.comCars.com and Fast Horse, and worked as a consultant for several years. She also was a media professor at the University of Minnesota and DePaul University and  has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication. She can be reached at [email protected].@shayla_stern

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