Seniors and Finances — Helping Loved Ones Make Ends Meet
Handling the financial aspects of life is always a challenge, no matter how rich or poor you may be. But for seniors, managing money can be especially demanding. Economic conditions, though they have certainly improved in recent years, are not exactly rosy, and it’s become more difficult than ever to predict what the financial landscape will look like in the near — let alone distant — future. For most people, a steady income source from a job or a well-managed retirement fund are enough to ensure financial stability, but many seniors only have a fixed amount of money with which to pay for all of the costs associated with living a good life.
With the “Baby Boomers” entering the retired portion of the population in ever-growing numbers, it’s important to ensure that seniors are educated and able to handle their financial concerns in the next few years — and for the remainder of their lives.
If you are caring for an aging loved one who may need assistance handling their finances, you may find yourself in some tricky situations. Seniors have a lot of pride, so they may not be willing to ask for help if they need it. What’s more, the financial landscape only gets more complicated (and potentially confusing) as time goes by.
Here are some of the ways in which you can help a senior loved one with finances!
#1 — Educate Yourself
If you are the go-to person for financial help for your aging loved one, you’ve got to educate yourself before you can provide proper guidance. Go online and do your research. Spend some time looking into the National Retirement Risk Index, and be sure to dive in to issues surrounding Social Security. It may not be fun, but you’ll learn helpful information that could make your senior loved one’s life much easier.
#2 — Encourage More Saving and Less Spending
Although this may seem obvious, not all seniors are well prepared for life after retirement. Since they often have limited resources, they may be tempted to use up what they have without paying attention to the possibility of future needs. Whenever possible, remind your senior loved one that saving — and avoiding unnecessary spending — is the key to a solid financial life.
#3 — Communicate without Judgment
If an aging parent who has always been there for you begins to experience financial difficulty, it might be hard for them to admit that they need help. Do what you can to make it easy for them by encouraging them to talk about their issues. Show that you can listen without judgment and offer real, practical solutions, and they will more than likely continue to be open and transparent with you, allowing you to provide the best financial help you can!
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