S5-EP10: Star Bradbury on How to Successfully Navigate the Care of Elderly Parents

Mar 3, 2023


Debbie talks with eldercare expert Star Bradbury about her new book and about successfully navigating our parents’ senior years – and thinking ahead to our own.



Debbie talks to eldercare expert Star Bradbury about some of the most important topics in her comprehensive new book, Successfully Navigating Your Parents’ Senior Years: Critical Information to Maximize Their Independence and Make Sure They Get the Care They Need (BenBella Books, March 21, 2023).

Soon after they spoke, Debbie’s 92-year-old mother died unexpectedly, making the conversation especially timely.

Star’s book is a compendium of how to plan and care for an elderly parent – or your own care many years down the road. She covers every topic you could think of including different types of assisted living and home care, assistive robots for seniors (yes, it’s a thing), living wills and advance directives, hospice and death doulas, cremation and green burials, and much more.

“Expect the unexpected” is part of her message. And In my family’s case, we were unprepared. We were stunned when our mom died. We had expected our dad to go first.

The book is the result of her 25 years of experience in senior healthcare and senior living and her answer to the overwhelming complexity  of options and situations when it comes to aging parents.

Star is also speaking to those of us in our 60s and 70s (and younger) who should be looking at planning for what she calls “post-retirement.”


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Encore.org, our newest media partner, is an ideas and innovation hub tapping the talent of those 50+ as a force for good. Founder and CEO Marc Freedman is an award-winning social entrepreneur and author, most recently, of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Looking for a great gap-year transition program? Check out Encore Fellowships, which match skilled, seasoned professionals with social-sector organizations in high-impact, paid assignments.


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Next For Me is an important new resource for the 50+ crowd focused on rewriting life. Taking a gap year or timeout may be the best way to figure out "what's next" when you're in this stage of life. Founder Jeff Tidwell explains, Next For Me "connects and inspires our generation to evolve our post-50 lives through new work, a new purpose, or a new social contribution."