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AARP The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children about the Rest of Your Life by Tim Prosch

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CHAPTER FIVESetting the Stage

It was quite unnerving to see how quickly the winds of our parent care crisis morphed into a full-blown tornado, sucking in family members and family resources with relative ease.

—Thomas, focus group participant

Current conventional wisdom has it that our generation will age differently than our parents’. We will have a more active lifestyle, more dollars to spend on it, and more years to enjoy it.

But there is one aspect of aging in which we will surely follow in the footsteps of all previous generations. Like every elderly parent in the history of humankind, we will undoubtedly intone with somber and heartfelt conviction, “I don’t want to be a burden to my kids.”

Well, get over it. You probably will be! Because ...

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