The first of the baby boomers are approaching 80. Are you prepared to take care of your loved ones?

PHL17 News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Most people spend more time planning their next vacation than where their spouse or parent will spend their remaining years.

By 2025, the first of 77 million baby boomers will turn 80 years old — so that means it’s time to start planning to help the elder loved ones in your life.

“We as a society are not prepared for the onslaught of individuals with Alzheimers, related dementia and other chronic illnesses,” said attorney Jerold E. Rothkoff. “The average citizen waits until a crisis hits.”

First thing to do is have a family meeting to plan. There you can decide what the elder’s plans are and what the family can afford.

Next, be prepared. Planning last minute while your family is in crisis is not the time you should have a first discussion.

For more advice, information and resources contact your county’s office of aging. You can also visit to talk to an attorney that works exclusively with seniors and those with disabilities.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Hispanic Heritage Month

More Hispanic Heritage Month