But that doesn't mean those problems are going away.
Consider the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, which reports that 70% of American over the age of 65 will need private care services "at some point in their lives" and that families dealing with private, in-house health care are in for some serious sticker shock: an average daily rate of $65 in 2013, up 6.56% from 2012.
The monthly cost for an assisted living facility rose 4.55%, to $3,450 -- for one-bedroom, single-occupancy residence.
Those are frightening numbers, no doubt, to middle-class, Main Street Americans. The first step is to know whether it's yet time to deal with those numbers.
Aging Outreach Services, a Southern Pines, N.C., elderly care services provider, wants to help, with a list of "warning signs" that let household decision makers know its time to start thinking about in-house, elderly care help.
"We all want to feel like the time we spend with our elderly loved ones is of value and not a burden, but the truth is they tend to have set routines that help keep them stable day to day, and it's natural for our presence over the holidays to cause some different behavior from them when we disrupt those routines," says Amy Natt, a certified geriatric care manager at the company. "However, if we observe a number of these behaviors over the holidays and their personal safety in the home becomes a concern, we may need to explore options for how we can obtain in-home assistance for them."