Oct 29, 2019
A 2010 Met Life study comparing LGBT baby boomers with their straight counterparts found that the queer respondents were more likely to serve as caregivers to family and friends than their straight peers. Because those of us in the LGBTQ community are less likely to have children, our siblings may assume that we’ll be the ones to take care of our aging parents when the time comes. This is a huge responsibility, and it goes beyond providing physical and emotional support. Do your parents have their legal and financial matters in order? And how do you find out without offending anyone?
Cameron Huddleston is an award-winning journalist with 17-plus years of experience writing about personal finance. She has been featured in Kiplinger, Business Insider and Fortune, among many other media outlets. Cameron is also the author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances and a regular columnist for GOBankingRates.
On this episode of Queer Money®, Cameron joins us to discuss why it’s so difficult to talk to our parents about money and offer ideas on how to initiate the difficult conversation. She walks us through the right questions to ask, explaining how it might impact us if our parents don’t have a plan for long-term care. Listen in to understand how Cameron’s personal experience inspired her to write the book and get her expert advice around how to help your parents plan for the future—without making them too uncomfortable!