Steps, Takeaways to Help Plan for the Unknown
USFN Member (AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, MS, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, TX, WA)
One thing the pandemic brought to light for me, and my husband, was the unknown of the future. I don’t mean reading the tea leaves or anything like that. As the only two in both of our families who could work remotely, we became the primary caregivers for our mothers, literally overnight. Both our mothers have underlying health issues, requiring us to be very cautious. This led to a bigger question, what do we do to prepare for our own future? With no kids of our own, who will be there to take care of us in our Golden Years?
This sparked a series of conversations with friends in similar circumstances, specifically those in the LGBTQ+ community, and the topic took on a life of its own. We have friends that are single with no family left, friends that have young children with special needs, and some friends who haven’t even stopped to evaluate their current situation. Either way, these discussions led to some detailed research, and hopefully, our findings can help others facing comparable challenges.