Christian pop-singer Amy Grant is the newest voice advocating to the public that its good to have a plan for long-term care of aging relatives.
The one-time pop singer who topped the charts in 1986 with a Peter Cetera duet “Next Time I Fall” — and again with her 1991 single “Baby Baby” — recently starred in a YouTube public-service announcement for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
In 2011, Grant’s mother was in the final days of dealing with dementia and moved in with Grant. Her father also has dementia and is cared for by Grant and her sisters. Grant says the NAIC and state insurance commissioners can help people evaluate their insurance options.
Long-term care costs have risen in recent years and Baby Boomers are nearing the age when they could suffer from debilitating conditions that require home care or nursing care.
“Both my parents were in their seventies when the first signs of dementia appeared,” Grant said in a prepared statement. “At first I thought it was just old age, especially since nobody else in our family had ever had dementia. Still, knowing what you’re dealing with doesn’t make it any easier. One night as I was leaving for a concert my mom asked, ‘Oh, you sing?’ I barely kept it together until I got out the door.”
Grant promotes the NAIC as an unbiased source of insurance information.
Jim Donelon, the NAIC president and Louisiana Insurance Commissioner, said, “The NAIC and your state insurance commissioner can help you make sense of the most complicated insurance situations. Whether you’re caring for elderly parents, planning your own retirement, or sending kids off to college, the NAIC is here to help you understand the options so you can choose the coverage that meets your needs.”