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Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds answers your questions about caregiving

It is difficult for families to talk about death and dying, but by proactively resolving complicated end-of-life issues it's possible to stave off future financial worries and stress. NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

As our elderly relatives age, families grapple with all kinds of issues from end-of-life care to funeral costs.

On Wednesday "NBC Nightly News" hosted an online chat with the Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds, a hospice chaplain and founder of the caregiving website Talk Early Talk Often

Do you have questions about how to care for your aging loved ones? Do you have a caregiving plan in place? If you're wondering how to assess the needs of your elderly relatives, Edmonds offered tips below based on her experience working with the families of senior citizens.  

To review a transcript of the chat, please click on the box below. 

Please note, this chat was moderated. We answered as many questions as possible during the half-hour time frame. 

For more on caregiving, please visit the AARP resource page, and learn more tonight during Part 2 of Nightly News' caregiving series. You can watch Part 1 here. 

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