A client has saved for years and has a sizeable nest egg. The same client needs a higher level of care to maintain health; a move from an independent living community to assisted living. Concerned about not leaving a legacy to charities, this client hesitates to spend money on care. This is a common conflict with older generations. Many older adults believe that leaving a legacy is important and that they should not spend money on their own care instead leave money to charities or family. By having a discussion about the importance of maintaining health, concern about associated costs may be overcome when a realistic discussion is held about the realities and complications to health if appropriate care and attention is not provided.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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