Seven out of 10 U.S. adults claim to have major barriers that prevent their families from openly communicating about who will make financial decisions on behalf of their aging family members if they become unable to do so, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that many adults avoid talking to their children and families about planning for what they hope will never happen. The survey was conducted online among 2,059 U.S. adults.

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