Life Resource Planning Meets Needs Beyond Retirement

January 8, 2013 - By the NCPC

EldercareSeniors are the fastest growing segment of the population, not only in the United States, but in the world. Currently, individuals age 65 and over represent 13% of the U. S. population - about 41 million people - but this will grow to 20% -- 88 million -- in just a matter of 38 years. Seniors also control a great deal of the wealth in this country. (USNews)

Even though many seniors have put together financial plans or completed retirement planning, very few have a plan in place for later life needs.

Most healthy, active seniors ignore this type of planning. The need for later life planning is typically recognized when, due to the aging process,

It is often at this point that one or more of the children of the aging senior intervenes and seeks direction from a resource planning specialist on how to extend income for long term care, where to find government and private services and how to preserve assets.

An example of this is Larry and Joan. Larry worked for the same company all his life and retired with a pension and some savings. Joan was a stay-at-home mom and did not work.

Upon retirement they paid off their home mortgage and traveled. A number of years later, Larry's health began to fail and signs of dementia appeared. Joan became his caregiver, while struggling with her own health issues. It was becoming apparent that they would need some outside help, either from their children or from someone who understood their challenges. For Joan and Larry there was no health insurance program that would cover non-medical care services at home. This cost would have to be paid by them out-of-pocket. If they had purchased long term care insurance when they were younger and healthy - that would have been a good strategy. But they didn't. Larry and Joan, along with their children were in need of expert advice to best utilize their assets and income for care services and future expenses.

There are resources available to people like Larry and Joan and their family. New income can be created from assets or real estate equity can provide cash or there are possible new sources of income or care support services from certain government programs.

To find these resources and supportive programs for later life needs, planning strategies need to go way beyond traditional financial and retirement planning. The National Care Planning Council has developed a planning system called Life Resource Planning that uncovers all resources available to seniors when they need the medical, social, legal and financial resource assistance later in life.

Life Resource Planning creates an individualized plan for seniors and their families that will:

Optimize Income

Protect and Preserve Assets

Facilitate Favorable Outcomes for Health, Medical Issues and Final Preparations

Maximize Family and Community Support

Find the Right Living Arrangements

Seniors and their families who want to know more about Life Resource Planning from the National Care Planning Council or would like speak to a qualified planner using this approach can submit a request form online.

Professional practitioners who work with seniors and who would like to know more about Life Resource Planning and how it can help their clients, can call (800) 989-8137 to learn more.

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