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

This video could inspire you to start the conversation

Part of the Resources and Information for Family Caregivers Special Report

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 is the former Director of Editorial and Content for Next Avenue at Twin Cities PBS.@shayla_stern

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