1. Who Will Take Care of me When I'm Old? Wendy Green 44:34

Season 7; Episode 174

Episode Overview

In this episode we’re diving deep into a question that’s on the minds of many: “Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?” If we live long enough, we will all be solo agers. How we prepare for our later years can make all the difference.

It’s not just about medical planning; it’s about social engagement, maintaining robust relationships, and taking a clear-eyed look at our futures. We’re here to bring some light and practical wisdom to the conversation.

Joining the podcast today is the renowned author and expert on solo aging, caregiving, and adult living, Joy Loverde. Through her work, including her books “The Complete Elder Care Planner” and “Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?” Joy has become a beacon of guidance for many grappling with these concerns.

In today’s episode, we’re covering everything from thoughts about legal and financial planning, to building a supportive network, and even how to have those tough conversations about the future with our friends and loved ones.

Guest Bio

Born with an innate sense of compassion that was evident from her teenage years, Joy Loverde found her calling at the tender age of 14, when she accepted a nun’s invitation from her all-girls Catholic high school to volunteer at a nursing home on Thanksgiving. The stark reality of elderly people sitting alone in the dim light of the facility struck a chord with her young mind, and this experience planted seeds of inquiry that would shape her life’s work. Loverde was moved by the sight of the individuals she encountered and puzzled by the circumstances that left them isolated from their families on a holiday meant for togetherness and gratitude.

As she grew, the questions that sprang from that day—”Who are these people? What series of events led them to this situation, and where were their families on Thanksgiving?”—continued to resonate with her. These early, poignant experiences sparked a lifelong dedication to understanding and addressing the complexities of aging and Eldercare. Loverde’s journey began in the shadows of a somber nursing home, but it would unfold into a career filled with light, advocacy, and a quest to improve the lives of the elderly and their families.

Episode Takeaways

Top 3 things to plan for:

  1. How are you going to finance a longer life. Many resources in Joy’s book, “Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old.”
  2. Where we live has everything to do with the quality of our life.
  3. Put your wishes in writing and put them into legal documents.

Links

Contact Joy Loverde at her website: elderindustry.com

She is also on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

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