Do This, Not That: 5 Financial and Advance Care Planning Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re like most adult children, you don’t know much about your parent’s financial situation — from what regular income they have and what expenses they pay each month to where they keep past years’ tax returns and if they have powers of attorney for finances and health care 

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Topics: Advanced Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Charts: Important Documents Every Family Needs to Have

Do you know where your mom’s life insurance policy is? What about the name of your parents’ lawyer? Or who dad’s health care power of attorney is? What financial accounts do they have — and where? Where is their safe-deposit box and its key? One of the most important things to do when it comes to advance care planning is to identify and organize important documents.

These include legal documents, such as wills, living wills, and durable power of attorneys for finances and health care, which spell out how your parents want their affairs to be handled in the future and make sure their wishes regarding their end-of-life plans are clear.

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3 Popular Financial Scams That Target Seniors

Think you or your parents are too sharp to fall for a scam? Not all scams are as easy to suss out as the con artist who gets seniors to wire or send money on the pretext that their child or another relative is in the hospital and needs the money.  

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4 Ways  to Make Home Safer for Your Aging Parents

Each year, nearly 1 million people over age 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use every day, according to estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook — but also easy to fix.

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Key Legal Documents Your Parents Need to Communicate Their Wishes for the Future

It may be a difficult conversation to have, but as your parents get older, you will need to start talking to them about their finances and their wishes for the future. Advance care planning and gathering this information up front lets you get the right plan in place so that you aren't scrambling to gather documents and make important decisions when a parent unexpectedly becomes ill or injured.

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Their End-of-Life Wishes

You know that talking with your loved ones about end-of-life care is important — but have you actually done it? According to a survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation, 82 percent of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23 percent have actually done it.

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A Guide to Advanced Care Planning in Case of an Emergency

Disasters can happen at any moment, and if your family isn’t prepared, they can quickly and completely disrupt normal living.

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5 Important Items to Discuss and Implement with Your Loved One’s Personal Support Network

 

When you find yourself in a caregiving situation, you suddenly realize how much every mile of separation means. Whether you live on the other side of town or a hundred miles away, it can be hard to get up-to-date information about your loved one’s health and progress.

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Topics: Future Planning

Infographic: Timeline for Making the Move to Assisted Living Stress-Free

Moving is never easy, but moving to assisted living often involves a few more high-stress situations, such as downsizing or selling the family home.

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Topics: assisted living

Slideshow: 5 Things to Consider Before Choosing In-home Care

When your parents need assistance in their daily life, in-home care might seem like the best option. Maybe your parents want to remain in their own home for as long as possible, and you want to respect that choice. Or perhaps your loved one only needs a few hours of home health care a day, and you’re worried about assisted living costs.

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