The Good Life
Caring for aging parents is a huge concern for Zoomers. And it’s no surprise that a new research study finds that adult children have a lot of trouble talking to their senior parents about things like when it’s time to move out of the family home, or stop driving. James Cooke, of Home Instead Senior Care, the company that sponsored the study says these findings led researchers to coin the 40/70 rule. It means the right time to bring up these sensitive subjects is when the child hits forty or the parent turns 70 – according to James Cooke.
LZ: “70 is pretty young these days…”
JC: “It is, it is…and that’s exactly the whole point, its better to start when the senior parent still has some independence and still has some ideas as to what situation they’d like to be in down the road. The adult child does not want to wait until those health-related or cognitive-related issues arise, again it becomes kind of an urgent crisis scenario, where they have to make a decision on snap basis.”