Everyone now realizes that a conversation is needed, except maybe Jodi, who is the caregiver. Caregivers often don’t seek help until they become overwhelmed.
Jackson and Jodi sit down at the kitchen table to discuss if they should involve their entire family in the long-term care planning process.
“I know the kids want to help,” Jodi explains, “but I can handle it.”
“Jodi, I understand you want to shelter them, but they are family. They want to help. I’m not sure excluding them is the best course of action. I was reading about this in the news the other day. We’re typical of the sandwich generation, supporting three generations at the same time—your parents, ourselves, and our children. You know how financially savvy our daughter, Nicole, is. Well, she sent me an article about the impact all of this could have on our retirement. It wasn’t pretty, and she hesitated sending it to you.”
“Why?” Jodi looks inquisitively at her husband.
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