Incapacity Planning

Include Conservatorships, advance health care directives, Power Of Attorney,

5 Things To Discuss With Your Doctor On Your Next Visit

Ensuring you get the medical care you want in an emergency is a team effort which includes your attorney, your doctor, your healthcare agent, and your family and loved ones. However, none of these people can be part of the team if they are unaware of your preferences.

Here are five things to discuss with your doctor to make sure he or she is in the loop:

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Prepare For the Day When Your Parent Can No Longer Manage Money

One of the most difficult aspects of caring for an elderly parent (or helping an aging parent who lives far away) is keeping one step ahead when that parent begins to lose the ability to manage his or her own finances. Many seniors can be very resistant to discussing what they feel is an extremely private and sensitive topic. Furthermore, according to this article in, “for many elders, being able to take care of their own finances is an important symbol of independence and self-worth,” and one that they are not likely to relinquish easily.

Unfortunately, an elderly parent’s ability to manage their own money may cease before they are willing to ask for help. In these cases, it may be up to their children and loved ones to step in and help as best they can. What follows is a list of some non-invasive, non-offensive steps adult children and caregivers can take to help aging parents manage their finances.

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