Preparing for Aging Family Members

Posted at: 10/17/2013 6:41 PM
Updated at: 10/17/2013 6:42 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Generations Trade Show, in Rochester today, was a golden opportunity for those over the age of 50 to learn what they can do to create a healthier and happier lifestyle. We caught up with a mother-daughter duo who is facing difficulties most of us will encounter at some point in our lives.

Bernadette Sandberg is like most daughters, making sure her mom stays healthy and safe.

"She's really starting to scare me because my grandmother is going to be 102 and she is the daughter of this grandmother of mine,” said Bernadette Sandberg, who attended the trade show.

Her concern grew when her mother Jeannine had a heart attack two months ago.

"You kind of get into panic mode and you're scurrying around trying to find things at the last minute,” said Sandberg.

To make matters worse, Bernadette lives out of state.

"This has really been I believe a common trend in our country right now, that we have a lot of kids that have traveled away from home for work and started families elsewhere and then when our parents begin to age and start having some issues it sort of complicates things,” said Sandberg.

Which is why the mother-daughter duo took the day to become better prepared. Like thousands of others at the generations trade show, they're taking the time to learn about health care options, social security and senior living.

"It’s a huge relief for not only the sons and daughters of the residents that we have moving in but it also takes a lot of the weight of the resident's shoulders too to know that they are moving into a community setting,” said Sarah Ness with Shorewood Senior Campus.

"I am so happy to come here and see all that they have to offer, I did not know they had so much,” said Jeannine Block, Bernadette’s mom.

For Bernadette, Thursday’s expo made her feel more secure about her mother's future, and knowing her own retirement is just a decade away, she also picked up ideas for herself.

"It seems like a long time, it's not when you're at this stage in the game, so we do need to put some plans in place,” said Sandberg.