I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Genworth. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating.
These are my parents. I refer to them as Poppy and Mor Mor (baby) on the blog, because that’s what my children call them. To me, they’ve always looked this way, and have always been around. They’re going to be young forever, right? RIGHT?! Being an adult tells me that the answer to that question is no, and there are definitely some things that we have talked about in regard to their health when they get older- how’s that for an opening? They know that I love them more than words could ever explain, and I’d gladly get rid of any type of insurance, or long term care in exchange for their youth. So, #LetsTalk about some Long Term Care solutions that my parents, as well as some of yours may have for the future.
I know that with my parents having three living children, and my husband’s parents having three children +1 (me) we’re possibly in a bind if it comes to having to take care of any of them. There are more than enough kids to go around, but only two sets of us are married. Do you then have your parents stay with the married couples or the unmarried ones? The ones with kids, or the ones without kids? You definitely don’t want them feeling like they are a burden to you or your household, and don’t you kind of owe it to them? With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day between now and 2030 (my parents will be at the end of this aging boom) it is essential to break the conversation about Long Term Care open wide with the ones that you love.
Did you know that Americans older than 40 years of age are more likely to prepare for death than long term care? It seems to be a no brainer. Most of us don’t plan to be in need of long term care, but we do know that we are going to eventually pass away, so we have death insurance, but none for long term care. Just something to think about. We’re more comfortable talking about funeral arrangements and cemetery plots than we are about having to rely on our family in the case we need help for a couple of years. I know that I want my four children to be able to see their grandparents in the best environment possible, and for my parents to not be embarrassed about their environment, or lack of ability to care for themselves.
Genworth is making their way around the country to talk about the benefits of long term care insurance with their #LetsTalk campaign, and they are using the like of Frank Thomas and Rob Lowe to spread the message. We got to meet The Big Hurt while at the Taste of Chicago last week, and he was definitely cordial while helping to give Tastegoers the message about long term care. I’m sure that it’s a bit sobering to talk about needing the help of loved ones later in life when you are so full of life and a big presence as Frank Thomas is, but he was very passionate about the message, and serious about making sure that more people knew their options, and that those options include long term care insurance.
So, #LetsTalk and let’s make sure that our loved ones are set up for the best care possible, and that we can start the conversations properly.