Role-reversal: When parents are relying on you

Role-reversal: When parents are relying on you As your parents get older, your whole family will be facing lots of changes. Supporting them during this time can be challenging, with lots of choices to be made. Get some tips to help you prepare for this role-reversal without it becoming a …

When is the right time to downsize?

When is the right time to downsize? Downsizing from a larger family home to somewhere smaller can be an obvious choice when retirement is on the cards.  For others it’s a necessity and something they do reluctantly. So when it comes to timing your decision, what’s the right approach to …

How to cope with losing independence

How to cope with losing independence If you or a loved one is experiencing a loss of independence, you may be able to maintain a sense of control. Few, if any of us, look forward to losing independence. In fact, research reveals that 75% of older people feared losing independence …

Easing the strain for the sandwich generation

  Easing the strain for the sandwich generation By Paul Clitheroe AM The 2015 Intergenerational Report (IGR) confirmed that the majority of us can expect to live longer than people in previous eras, but it’s the so-called ‘sandwich generation’ who may feel the squeeze financially. The sandwich generation are those …

Make your own plans for aged care

  Make your own plans for aged care It can be tempting to put off thinking about aged care. When you’re busy enjoying life in the present it can be challenging to find the time or desire to think too far ahead. But the key to successful ageing is having …

Aged Care – Changes to Assessment of Rental Income

Aged Care – Changes to Assessment of Rental Income Leaving the family home to enter residential care is a tough decision. On the one hand, you (or your loved ones) are leaving a place you’ve made your own over decades. On the other hand, those moving in to aged care …

Aged care – A loser in the recent 2015-16 Federal Budget

  Aged care – A loser in the recent 2015-16 Federal Budget Residential aged care received only minimal attention in the government’s recent Federal Budget. Unfortunately, people entering residential aged care from 1 January 2016 are the losers from the budget, as the strategy available to assist families wishing to …