Avert crisis by explaining the 40-70 Rule

Mary Reece stopped by News 18 at Noon to talk about the 40-70 Rule. (WLFI Photo)
Mary Reece stopped by News 18 at Noon to talk about the 40-70 Rule. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Most adults don’t speak to their parents about mom and dad’s well being. The 40-70 Rule was designed to help adults, especially Baby Boomers, begin positive conversations with their parents in preparation for a crisis or an emergency.

Our guest on News 18 at Noon Mary Reece stopped by to tell us more about the 40-70 Rule.

“The idea behind that is when adult children become 40 or their parents are in their 70s, they’re encouraged to begin a positive conversation with their parents before crisis…or an emergency occurs,” Reece said. “So, that they can start covering some of the basic needs their parents will have later on.”

Reece said having a conversation can be simple. She said basic topics such as are they still driving safely, how badly they want to stay in their home, or are they open to being in a facility are good ways to start the conversation rolling.

Reece said these conversations are “absolutely” very important.

“From 2000 to 2030, statistics show that the population in seniors should rise about 20 percent, so it’s certainly something that needs addressed,” Reece said.

There are resources available to help you start the conversation and prepare you for the first talk. Reece said there is a 40-page booklet available for download.

“It also covers an assessment tool to help you understand or see the progress you’ve made in the conversation with your parents,” Reece said.

If you would like more information with direct links to resources available, please visit the 40-70 website.

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