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Aging Solo: Planning Ahead for a Vibrant Future


Natalie Elliott Handy confessions of a reluctant caregiver

Aging Solo: Planning Ahead for a Vibrant Future with Joy Loverde, Author of Who Will Take Care Of Me When I’m Old? & The Complete Eldercare Planner



As the longevity revolution continues, an increasing number of individuals will find themselves in the role of solo agers. This population is expanding due to a multitude of factors, including enhanced longevity, shifting family dynamics, and evolving demographics.

My guest today is Joy Loverde. She is the author of two books, one of which focuses on family caregivers. The first book is titled "The Complete Elder Care Planner." Joy is also the author of "Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?".


Joy's expertise lies in teaching us how to be curious, informed, critical thinkers, and resilient individuals who remain actively engaged and contribute to society. In addition to being an author, Joy is also a speaker who has been quoted in reputable publications such as the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Psychology Today , among many others. She has been interviewed on prominent shows like the Today Show, Good Morning America, and NPR. Critics describe her work as "illuminating, eye-opening, and essential reading for everyone over 40".


We talk about solo aging and the importance of planning ahead. She highlights the top three planning needs. She also emphasizes that true wellness encompasses intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects, not just physical health. We explore the unique aspects of solo aging compared to aging with a partner, highlighting the challenges that come with being a solo ager. She discusses successful interactions between solo agers and younger generations, emphasizing the importance of these connections. Joy also shares about the availability of public resources and the benefits of solo aging. She addresses the navigation of caregiver shortages, offers insights on developing resilience as one ages and how we stay engaged, and be givers.


Personally, I have had the pleasure of meeting Joy and seeing her speak live, and I can attest that she is just as wonderful in person. Joy has become a friend, and I am so happy to share her work with all of you.


Listen to our episode HERE.



Joy shares about:


  • The reasons behind why she wrote her books

  • Importance of planning ahead and utilizing free resources

  • Top three planning needs: financial preparation, housing and accessing services, organizing legal documents

  • Understanding that true wellness encompasses intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects

  • Contrasting solo aging vs. aging with a partner

  • Challenges associated with solo aging

  • Successful interactions between solo agers and younger generations and their significance

  • Availability of public resources for solo agers

  • Benefits of solo aging

  • Navigating the caregiver shortage

  • Developing resilience as one grows older

  • Effort required to stay engaged and Joy's call to be a giver

Learn more at www.elderindustry.com



About Joy Loverde


Joy Loverde has a reputation for being a path carver and visionary. She is the author of The Complete Eldercare Planner and Who Will Take Care Of Me When I’m Old? She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Psychology Today among many others. She has been interviewed on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and NPR. Critics hail her work as “illuminating, eye-opening, and required reading for everyone over 40."


Joy Loverde, author of


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