According to Margaret Bonnano, It's only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. Margaret Bonnano — best known for writing a series of "Star Trek" novels between 1985 and 2010 — proposes that life should not be considered an abstract concept. Instead her simple but poignant observation suggests it is the aggregate of how we spend each of our days. It creates our present, past, and future. “There are those who like things just they are and will stop at nothing to keep them that way, and those who understand that change is the natural order of the universe, and one must change with it.” Why is it that we have such a difficult time acknowledging and planning for aging. It reflects the natural order of the universe. While it is never too early to plan for extended or long-term care, it is often too late. Her statement is a powerful motivator — a reminder not to waste any time.
-Excerpt from "How Not to Tear Your Family Apart"
For many people, planning for extended or long-term care lacks a driving force until it’s too late. In addition to the motivators listed, the COVID-19 pandemic and images of the shortages of health and wellness services were a wake-up call for many of us. If these realities aren’t a trigger for you, then let me be clear: You need to have these important family conversations today and move toward a plan as soon as possible.
It’s really never too early to start planning, but it’s frequently too late.
Use this book as a tool and commit to starting these crucial conversations
today instead of tearing your family apart.