You Can't Postpone the Future
Putting things off won't stop the future from coming, so plan ahead.
Some of us go through life wearing blinders because we do not want to see or think about things that are taking place now - today - that may affect the future.
Our theory is if we ignore or just don't see the present, it may go away. This is because:
- We dread the idea of our parents getting old, frail and ill. They are not able to live the life they once had. They need more and more assistance with things they once handled with ease, and this makes us uncomfortable.
- We also dread the idea of becoming a caregiver, either full or part time. We fear losing our identity, freedom and our life as we have created it.
- Mostly, we are afraid of losing our parents to disease and death we want to postpone the future!
More than 21 percent of today's workforce has some kind of elder caregiver responsibility. This responsibility puts definite strains on relationships; caring for children and your spouse, holding down a job and maintaining friendships and social life. This is what is now called the Sandwich Generation!
We need a plan! Why?
- You can avoid the life strains that develop when caring for parents.
- So you, your parents and siblings know how things are going to be handled and that everyone is on board.
- The future is tomorrow and anything can happen to change our lives without warning.
So have the conversations and plan for the future so you and your family will be making educated and informed decisions when the future hits you in the face.
Claire LeSage is the owner of WITTZ END, a relocation concierge service based in Norton, working with families who are frazzled with downsizing and moving and want help with the various things that need to be done, so they can make a smooth transition in life.