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Caring for the Ones that Love Us The Most

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Caring for the Ones that Love Us The Most

Life has a way of changing on you and no matter what you do you’re not always prepared for the next step. 

Today we are going to be talking about being Empty Nesters and planning our next stage in life which will be Caretakers. We have already lost one of our four parents, which was really tough. But, the older we get, the more we see that there are things we can do to prepare for the next chapter in our lives. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Anthem and its affiliated health plans, such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, however, as always, opinions are 100% my own.

Caring for the Ones that Loved Us The Most

Plan ahead by ensuring that someone can access your parents’ banking records, that payments are being made, that the Will is in place, and so forth. Check the Insurance Policies including Life Insurance policies. Make sure that the person on these documents is living, capable, and responsible enough to manage their affairs. 

Update records as needed to ensure someone has access to them once the elderly person is unable to care for themselves. Elderly loved ones need to be of sound mind when making big decisions and without being coerced. 

Encourage healthy living and of course staying active. 

Caring for the Ones that Loved Us The Most


We as Empty Nesters are spending more time eating better and exercising a few days a week in an effort to stay healthier, longer. Encourage your parents to do the same thing and do weekly challenges to watch how you both progress. This not only allows you to be around for your family members longer, but it allows you to be able to enjoy the older people in your family even longer. Plus, you get to enjoy those baby cuddles when grandbabies come along!

Grandpa Brady


Check out Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield when looking for affordable Medicare coverage for your loved ones. It offers everything needed at an affordable price that is easy on the budget. Hospital, Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription insurance are all available through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri.

Some of the reasons to choose Anthem include providing high-quality medical care coverage and other supports that takes pressure off of the individual making those choices. Here in Missouri, they have a Medicare Advantage Essential Extra offering.  This new package of benefits provides wellness services that allow seniors to live fuller, healthier lives.

Caring for the Ones that Loved Us The Most

As family members age, they are often times lonely and younger generations aren’t always available to visit. With Anthem, they can choose to have healthy food delivered to their home after returning to from the hospital allowing them to maintain their independence when cooking might not be possible. Or maybe they would prefer to visit their friends at an adult day care center to help reduce loneliness. They also have the option of going to their doctor or pharmacy without having to get behind the wheel because Anthem gives access to health-related transportation. While it might not be the answer for every person, it helps for them to stay active and minds engaged, while implementing simpler healthcare solutions.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, however, as always opinions are 100% my own.

Caring for the Ones that Loved Us The Most

Heidi Gray

Money saving Mom/Nan (Grandma) of 1, who loves to travel, cook, and of course spend time with family. Fun.Travel.Food not necessarily in that order serving Missouri and beyond!



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Great information! We actually used to have Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, but recently had to switch when my husband switched jobs.

Anita Jude

this is great advice for those who have love ones that are older and need their help

Margaret S Porter

Im a caregiver for my Dad, and my Mom but she passed last year

monique s

Such a sweet post. Caring for loved ones is so key

Rochelle Haynes

Thanks for the tips


I hate even thinking about it but I know it’s important and necessary.

David Elliott

It’s always a good time to try to be healthier about things. Definitely making sure you try to exercise and eat right helps you to live longer and have a healthier and happier time while you are living. More energy for your kids and more for yourself.


Great post! I am trying to have this convo with my parents and siblings because even though parents are considered “young” (they ar hitting 60 soon), we need a plan when they can’t do anything anymore. I live overseas, so it would be hard for me to take care of them right away.


This is a really great, informative post. Family is so important!

alexis h

a living will is so important as well! But life insurance gets over looked big time when it really becomes a must need later on!

Mia Rose

Thanks for the helpful and timely information. Being prepared and having a plan really does help.

Ann F. Snook-Moreau

Even though I’m still young I often worry about this stage of life. I’m an only child, my dad is much older than my mom, and I live far away from my hometown . . . I get so worried about my mom’s future!

Flossie McCowald

It is so important to stay on top of these things, and to encourage our parents to do the same! My in-laws aren’t always in the best health, so I know firsthand how important making sure that there are plans in place, that older parents be encouraged to take care of their health, that people know how to access basic things like accounts, etc can be.

Patricia Chamberlain

Having a good insurance plan is so important for everyone, but especially for little ones or older people. This post was really informative.


What a beautiful post! And you are very right! We should always take care of our family and loved ones! And never take them for granted.


Such important information. I have seniors in our family and I think is important to make sure they have what they need, but overall, they need to feel loved and cared for.

Cindy Ingalls

This is one of the challenges in life, dealing with the knowledge that one day we will lose our parents. But it is so important to have the difficult conversations so that when the time comes you won’t be unprepared and wondering where everything is and if you are doing what they would want.


This is really wonderful. I’m currently in a group text with my immediate family and it’s nice just to check in and make sure everyone is doing well.


Preparation is key for keeping our older family members safe. It’s something I wish I had been able to help with more when my grandparents were still alive, but the route we took was a learning experience too.


My parents aren’t at the age that we need to do much of this yet (they had kids really young) but I know my parents have gathered this information on my grandparents. Especially after my grandpa died over 10 years ago and no one had any of his paperwork and they were scrambling to find things.

Such a great post! One of my goals in 2019 is to be better about checking in with my family. Life can pass you by so quickly with day-to-day tasks and to do’s, but it’s important to stay connected with one another.

Such a nice reminder, I need to call my grandma! It is easy to get caught up in how busy you are but it is great to take the time and call once in a while.

This is such a great post! I know that many of our lives are busier than they’ve ever been and sometimes we forget to check on our family members. This is such a great reminder!

My grandparents raised me so together with my aunts and my mom we will be taking care of them as they get older. They do have good insurance that helps with everything they need.
I love this post and the importance of taking care of those that took care of us.

I had my grandma pass away and I saw how hard it was for my mom and her sisters to take care of her. Thank you for putting this post out to help us in preparing. My mom is still quite young, but the sooner we prepare, the better.

Ah yes. The topic NO ONE likes to talk about but the topic people should be talking about the most. I am so thankful to have siblings to help one another in the future!

This sounds like a good insurance. I should have my parents look into this.

Thank you so much for the amazing post, love it! Reading it made me emotional but i can’t agree more with you, nothing matter more than caring for the ones that love us the most. Thank you for sharing.