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Putting the Shoe on the Other Foot - Advising Your Parents

Growing up, if we were lucky, our parents guided and educated us every step of the way. Even once we become adults, many parents still feel perfectly comfortable passing along advice about making good life and financial decisions. It seems natural to them to continue to nurture us and we gratefully, or at least good naturedly, continue to accept their advice in the spirit in which it is given.

As natural as it may seem for parents to give children advice, it doesn’t always feel natural for children to return the favor and offer life and financial advice to their aging parents. How do you tell them that you think they need some help? How do you approach the subject so that your parents see your efforts as caring concern and not intrusion? It is a delicate and sometimes daunting step to take.

A recent article entitled “ What to Do When Your Parents Can No Longer Manage Their Money” offers not only ideas on how to approach your aging parents about assistance with managing their money but reviews the very important reasons why children should take this step, no matter how awkward it feels.

As the article points out, one compelling reason for children to become involved is that our aging parents are more often finding themselves the target of scams. An involved child who can quickly notice that something isn’t quite right can lessen the chance that an attempted scam will be successful.

I think a speaker at an event I attended this week may have said it best when he stated that “it takes a village to help someone age with grace.” Don’t hesitate to be an active part of your parents’ village.

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