Are you sifting through personal papers as part of spring-cleaning? If so, you have already begun the process of getting your affairs in order! You may not be expecting to get sick or have a disability, but planning for it ahead of time can make all the difference in an emergency. Follow these tips to help get your affairs in order:
- Put your important papers and copies of legal documents in one place. What are important papers? Birth records/ citizenship papers; SSN; marriage license/ divorce decree; military/education papers; Employment records; most recent tax returns; retirement funds/ 401(k)/ 403(b); bank accounts; investment information/ Title papers (car, home, property); Medications; medical provider; medical records; immunization records; etc.
- Tell a trusted family member or friend where you put all your important papers.
- Discuss your end-of-life preferences with your family and doctor. Talking about your wishes can help ensure that they are honored. Do you want CPR performed, Ventilator, Feeding Tubes, What does“comfort” care mean to you? Tissue or body donation?
- Give permission in advance for your doctor, wellness nurse or lawyer to talk with your caregivers or loved ones as needed.
Answers to Too Funny Tuesday
- Why should those over 60 y/o use valet parking? They don’t forget where they parked the car
- What do you call a hippie’s wife? “Mississ –ippi”
- What did Winnie the Pooh say to his agent? “Show me the honey!”
- What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? “Supplies!”
Thursday “Threezers”: what do these have in common?
- Female fighters, Regal river, Web super-store
- A toilet, A scuba diver, A gas barbecue
- A golf course, All in the Family, World War 1
What will you do “just for today”?.... Carpe Diem