As adults, we grow increasingly more aware of the costs of long-term medical care as we age. However, when confronted with this potentially unpleasant new information, we are prone to set it aside. Thinking about what we might do for ourselves or a loved one in need of long-term care isn’t an easy topic to discuss and plan around, but it is necessary when considering the real costs.
For many parents, a child’s high school graduation is a mixed blessing. One is able to see one’s child take the first steps into adulthood – and the first irrevocable steps away from the family home. The instincts to protect (and, maybe, to coddle) remain strong, even as one knows it’s best to allow children to assert their independence.