Hello, I'm Frank Peters, the host of this show. I'm a member of the Baby Boomer generation. Maybe you are, too.
My parents are aging into their 80's and their lifestyle of wintering in Florida and spending summers at the cottage in New Hampshire is coming to a close. Although the cottage is beautiful, it's isolated. Sitting at the end of a long dirt road with few neighbors, it's too far from doctors and the hospital. The rustic setting has been a handyman's dream, but my dad says he just can't handle it any more.
That's the backdrop for this new podcast series.
I'm one of five siblings, so there's lots of opinions on where and how my parents resettle. Four of us are in California, so there's a geographic pull to the west, but making decisions of any sort have been difficult for my parents. Should they sell the cottage? There are strong emotional bonds for everyone. Although I was 15 when my parents bought the cottage, some of my siblings grew up there; for me I met my eventual wife at the lake so each of us has lots of memories. But besides the issues of where they live after the cottage, there are paperwork issues. There's no Living Will, no health care proxy, and no Power of Attorney in place either. There is a Last Will and Testament, but my dad names all five of us as executors which is the ultimate nightmare. So we've planned a family meeting and everyone is convening in Los Angeles to talk and make decisions.
Too personal? Can I balance the privacy concerns of my siblings and still share these stories? I hope so. The focus of the show will vary from the family issues to the technology tools that we boomers may enjoy to extend our independant living. For several years I've hosted the Frank Peters Show and if this new show follows suit there'll be many interviews with a wide range of interesting subjects.