Taking Care of Parents

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KIMT News 3 – It’s a tough decision for anyone to make, but folks at Iowa State University are trying to ease the financial struggles of adults supporting their parents.

They’re sponsoring programs that find options for those who need to help their aging parents.

Doing that often creates a financial hardship in some cases adult children have to quit their jobs to take care of their parents.

Coordinators say this is a conversation that many don’t like having but it has to be done.

“Talk about what their wants and needs are. Once they’ve gone into say, Alzheimer’s, they can no longer make decisions for themselves. So then your making your best guesses and the other thing is that then you start having emotional decisions rather then intelligent, well thought-out plans,” said Brenda Schmitt of the Iowa State University Extension office.

Brenda also reminds us that those making the decisions need to be aware of their own retirement as well.

“People make decisions that are emotional and then that puts their retirement into jeoporady. The best thing you can do for your children is to make sure you have a secure retirement, that you’ve secured your retirement years. That way your not a burden on your children,” said Schmitt.

Courses begin July 29 in Mason City or July 30 in Hampton from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

For more information contact Cerro Gordo County Extension at 641-423-0844 or Franklin County Extension at 641-456-4811.

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