Today’s aging parents have us to care for them in their old age. But what about us? Who will take care of us when we need care? Many older caregivers are living solo while carrying out the responsibilities of caring for aging parents.
How profound is this trend?
Being a parent is no guarantee that adult children will step up to the plate to care for the caregivers. Older caregivers have no idea whether anyone they love and trust today will accompany them on their aging journey.
Joy Loverde is the author of Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? and The Complete Eldercare Planner. Joy’s-six series podcast on The Whole Care Network “The Unique Needs of The Older Caregiver” provides listeners with key insights on how to balance aging and caregiving so that you can thrive and survive!
Joy’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on The Today Show. Joy is a sought-after keynote speaker as well as a consultant to health and wellness providers, retirement-housing administrators, manufacturers, financial advisors, and other representatives of aging-related products and service
Watch this page for updates as Joy Loverde’s 6-podcast series unfolds. You won’t want to miss a single episode!
Episode 1: Get Real
Today’s aging parents have us to care for them in their old age. But what about us? Who will take care of us when we need care? Featured in Episode One of “The Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver”, author and mature-market expert Joy Loverde reminds us to GET REAL about the need for planning for caregiving and planning for self-care at the same time equates to gaining better control of the situation at hand.
Episode 2: Good-Bye Change, Hello Transition
The older caregiver is managing a fragile balancing act – caring for a loved one while thinking about his or her own old age. Change in all respects takes place at such a quick pace — another loved one dies, neighbor is diagnosed with dementia, a close friend is moving away. In this episode of The Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver, Author and mature-market expert Joy Loverde discusses the reality of change and how we can transition from change to lead an active and productive live before, during and after caregiving.
Episode 3: Thriving in Times of Uncertainty
When it comes to caregiving, making decisions in a world filled with uncertainty becomes even more difficult where there can be multiple ways of dealing with the same situation. If ever there was a need of the importance of making smarter choices, it is when we are in the role of caregiver and looking ahead to our own old age. In our third episode of The Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver, author and mature market expert Joy Loverde discusses how, even in extremely stressful situations we can remain calm and rely on our ability to think rationally. Developing critical-thinking skills now is time well spent in order to thrive in times of uncertainty.
Episode 4: Money and the Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver
Are your parents running out of money? Are you dipping into your own pockets to help pay for their care? What is your money mind-set? Changing a lifetime of self-sabotaging habits is not easy. Many people believe that we should care for each other out of love, respect, and duty; but do we family caregivers have to go broke in the process? In this episode of The Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver, author and mature market expert Joy Loverde, talks about the importance of minding your money in the midst of caregiving while offering up some important tips to help you find extra cash that could help you along the way during your caregiving journey.
Episode 5: Housing and the Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver
Few experiences are more devastating for older people than having to move out of their home. The subject of housing and all its implication s has the potential to cause a tremendous amount of anxiety for family caregivers. While the ideal place for older adults my change over time, remaining in one’s own home is often the most desirable option. In this episode of The Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver, author and mature market expert Joy Loverde helps us remove the “elephant” in the room with the key ingredient being clear, consistent and inclusive communication.
Episode 6: Legal Needs of the Older Caregiver
Now more than ever before, people have the potential to live a long life. As boomers become Caregivers to their aging parents, what happens when the Caregiver becomes ill; who will step in to your caregiver role if something happens to you? In this episode of The Unique Needs of the Older Caregiver, author and mature market expert Joy Loverde talks about the importance of having your legal documents up-to-date and introduces us to her “just in case” plan (as featured in her book, Who Will Take Care of Me When I Am Old) to help you engage with your care team and better manage your caregiving role.