TM21-43 Joy Loverde. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?

Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Joy Loverde on air from October 26th.

Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?

Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age By Joy Loverde

(from the author of the best-seller The Complete Eldercare Planner)

According to the Journals of Gerontology, “one in three baby boomers falls into the category of separated, divorced, widowed, or never married.” Millennials are also following this trend; a recent Gallup poll indicates that 59 percent of the 73 million millennials are single and have never married.

Adding fuel to the fire is the caregiver crisis – the  decline in the number of people available to provide in-home care, including family members. Longevity, singledom, and isolation is a recipe for disaster.

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Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?: Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age by Joy Loverde is a step-by-step guide to living the life you want for as long as possible.

Every day, I relive the critical decision I made as a fourteen-year-old attending Trinity, an all-girl’s Catholic high school in River Forest, Illinois. When Sr. Dorothy was looking for a student to visit nursing-home residents on Thanksgiving morning, I hesitated; then raised my hand to volunteer. That decision changed my life forever.

Upon entering the nursing home, I observed seven residents sitting motionless in the dark. No one was talking. No one was smiling. Everyone was staring into nothingness. I was shocked at what I witnessed, and immediately started grappling for answers to questions no one seemed to be asking: 

Who are these elders?

What series of events led them to a life of resignation?

How did they end up isolated and alone in their old age?

And why are they not with their families on Thanksgiving Day?

Since that visit to the nursing home, I have never looked back. I vowed to find answers to these and other vital questions. For the next 40 years I would advocate and troubleshoot the causes, concepts, and needs of the world’s aging population. Especially people who are aging solo. 

My career-path in marketing and media relations switched gears in the mid-1980’s when I became keenly aware of complex problems associated with populations of people getting older, living alone, living longer, and the need to care for them. Responding to this trend, I wrote my first boo, The Complete Eldercare Planner. Random House is the publisher. It is a best-seller in its category and in its sixth edition.

Ahead of the curve once again, my latest book, Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? offers practical strategies on planning for old age and the possibility of aging solo.

“When we plan, we have choices.” This is the promise of both of my books.


During my career, I have been interviewed on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, National Public Radio stations, SiriusXM and others. I have written hundreds of blogs and articles. I’ve been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Times, Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, and a host of others. USA TODAY ran a four-part series on my family-caregiver programs.

Joy Loverde is a consultant, keynote speaker, and spokesperson for the mature-market industry. Her work has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Early Show, NPR, and in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Chicago.

“Clear, practical, relevant, vital… this book engages readers to create

their own customizable plan for aging. An exceptionally worthwhile read.”

Bob Blancato,  Chairman, American Society on Aging

“Your book is the support many are looking for.”

Sherrill Wayland MSW, Manager of National Projects

SAGE Advocacy and Services for LGBT elders

“This book effectively challenges the notion that aging means disability

and with that, stigma of being old.”

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Director, Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging

University of California, San Diego

“…thoughtfully discusses a wide range of crucial life issues with

deep understanding, complete candor, and inspired guidance for all.”

David Schless, President, American Seniors Housing Association, Washington, DC

Loverde has spent a lifetime interacting with thousands of true experts—old people themselves. Using their advice as a blueprint, Loverde outlines five sections to think about and get in order when planning for old age: personal readiness, housing, relationships (including beloved pets), chronic illness and health, and end of life.

Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? includes:

•  Making friends in later life and creating a support network

•  Critical thinking and making smarter decisions

•  Customizable checklists and worksheets

•  Making a home age-friendly and exploring alternate home options

•  The fierce urgency of money

•  Planning for livable neighborhoods and living-in-place

•  Essential questions to ask professionals

•  LGBTQ+-friendly and dementia-friendly communities

•  Just shoot me is not a plan

•  Trends, resources, and websites

Available in paperback, kindle, audio, and large print.


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