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Is Someone Moving in With Aunt Millie?
Take steps up front to prevent elder abuse and financial exploitation!

The poor economy in Michigan is forcing a lot of families to consider moving in together to save money, support unemployed adults, and provide care for older adults.  According to USA Today, US Census Bureau statistics released in September 2008 reveal a significant rise in the number of parents who live with adult heads of households.  From 2000 to 2007 the number of parents living with their adult kids rose from 2.2 to 3.6 million—an increase of 67%.  The numbers indicate that 'old age' may not be the catalyst; 75% of those parents moving in are under 65, as compared to 62% 65 and older.

An emerging best practice and worthwhile investment is to use a paid professional mediator or a community dispute resolution center to lead the conversation on expectations and record what is agreed upon before making an arrangement to live together.  This will lay the ground work for a successful co-housing situation.  While there is great virtue in intergenerational family support, here are some things to discuss and reduce to writing before moving-in day:

While a live-in caregiver can be a comforting solution to difficult problems, living with another person—possibly unknown—requires planning and preparation.

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