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Rising life expectancies mean families need to talk about age care plans sooner rather than later | Port Lincoln Times



Rising life expectancies are proving a special challenge for baby boomers.

Many of them are caught between a rock and a hard place: their kids won’t leave home and their parents won’t die. And to make matters worse, parents are often not limited to just two people -there may be four, or even more if blended families are involved.

The outcome for many baby boomers is that their parents become dependent, or at least reliant, on them – and not necessarily at the same times.

This creates particular challenges for retirees in responding to their own needs and dealing with the complexity of the needs of various parents.

The challenges are wide-ranging, including both physical and mental health of the parents, and serious relationship breakdowns…

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