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      Prepare to Care

      A Planning Guide for Families

      Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50—and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. If you have not yet begun to discuss a caregiving plan with your family, it’s not too late. It doesn’t matter who starts the conversation. What really matters is that every family has the opportunity to talk about and create a caregiving plan for their loved ones based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving the care.

      Each of the following five steps in PDF format (requires free Adobe Reader) includes information on how to get started, questions to ask and where to find basic resources. Don't be discouraged if you can't answer every question or fill in every blank. The important thing is to start the conversation in a way that works for you and your family.

      Step 1: Prepare to Talk
      Step 2: Form Your Team
      Step 3: Gather and Organize Information
      Step 4: Make a Plan
      Step 5: Take Action

      Help your family "Prepare to Care" by downloading the complete guide (1.05 MB).

      We recognize that we all have different needs as we age. Whether it is help navigating the maze of available government programs, assistance with managing daily finances, or making plans for difficult transitions and decisions you may face - the AARP Foundation is here to help today's seniors live their lives with dignity and independence.

      Let us know if this information is helpful. After reading Prepare to Care, please complete this brief survey. Your feedback will assist us in developing new resources that may help prepare you for caregiving responsibilities.

      Learn more about what the AARP Foundation can do for you and your family.


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