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Subject: Should You Relocate Elderly Parents With You?
America's graying. By 2010, one of every five Americans will be over 65. And with the transient nature of life these days, many of us are facing or will face a potentially painful decision: whether to relocate elderly parents with us or provide for them long distance.

According to the May 1997 issue of Mobility Magazine, more than half of homeowners age 65 and over have lived for 20-plus years in their home; three out of 10 for 30-plus years. These deep-rooted seniors generally prefer to stay put, having developed networks of friends and professionals within the community. Uprooting seniors from a known, stable environment to an unfamiliar locale may not always be the best plan. Many people appear to agree: The Akron Beacon Journal reported that seven million Americans are caring for elderly relatives long distance.

What should you do? Consider enlisting help from family and close friends since you'll be coordinating your move as well. These suggestions should help guide you through the process.
Keep in mind that should your parents move, especially out of state, it may be very difficult to move them back if they do not adjust well. If possible, visit the new location with them prior to making a decision. A real estate professional can plan a "sightseeing tour" that will give them a better sense of what living there might be like.

Because this can be a very emotional time, you'll want to discuss the issues with sensitivity. Seek input from your parents. Listen to their concerns. And encourage them to make as many of the decisions as possible.

"Real Service in Real Estate." For a personal consultation on buying or selling real estate, Janis Peterson, GRI, Realtor® can be reached at (610) 642-3744, e-mail: Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors® is an independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

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