When parents live with adult children

For some adults who are considering having their aging parents move into their house, it’s an option based in the advantages of intergenerational living – grandparents, parents, children and even grandchildren under one roof. For others, the consideration springs from the need to provide affordable extended care.

To review the issues before such a move, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host “Bringing Parents Home,” a free workshop scheduled for two dates in November.

Experts say if elderly parents are mentally and physically healthy, the move can provide opportunities for family bonding.  If the move is prompted by caregiving needs – caring by the parents or caring for the parents – there are other considerations.

Following World War II, families tended to move apart as job opportunities lured younger people to relocate across the country. But that trend may be shifting again. Today, more than 40 percent of Americans are buying a home with an eye on accommodating an elder parent or adult child in the near future.

“Bringing Parents Home” will examine the issues in information-only presentations online and by telephone on:

  • Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/94434368523 or by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099; Webinar ID: 944 3436 8523.
  • Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/95774941660 or by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099; Webinar ID: 957 7494 1660.

“Intergenerational living is becoming more and more common,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources, a county government program. “The benefits can be enormous, but everyone needs to think through the consequences.”

The presenter for ”Bringing Parents Home” will be Lisa Doyle, owner of CayCare Elder Care and Senior Living Advisors.

Additional information about the presentations is available from ADR at 253-798-4600.