Thinking About Your Future?
Considering the issues and making decisions ahead of time gives you greater control over your long-term independence and quality of life, and helps your children support you in the way YOU want.
Our Planning for Aging Package can help you create a realistic plan for aging, including:
Your Major Health Decisions:
The onset of a health emergency – such as a heart attack, stroke, major injury, or terminal illness – is not the best time to make key decisions.
Preparing an advance directive like a power of attorney, a living will, and other documents that state your end-of-life wishes can save you and your family from unneeded stress in a time of crisis.
It’s hard to think about, much less discuss, not being able to take care of yourself.
But the time may come, and your family may not be able to give you the level of care that you need. Planning in advance allows you to make decisions about potential living arrangements like home health care, assisted living, hospice care, and other available care options, and to consider the financial piece of those expenses as well.
The vast majority of adults prefer to stay in their own home permanently (known as “aging in place”). Your home, however, may not support the physical and sensory changes that come with aging. What seems, now, to be an insignificant home feature may have a significant effect on an older adult. The B’Lev Shalem Planning Toolkit is designed to take advantage of pre-planning for home modification and attune you to helpful technologies that will provide for future health at home.
Get together a good medical team for when you need them, including a geriatrician. Make a plan for physical exercise. Make a written plan for annual checkups, health screenings, dental visits, etc. Keep an updated list of prescriptions, have your doctor review them for contraindications, and throw away any expired medicines.
Studies reveal that loneliness in the later phases of retirement can have severely adverse health consequences. Consider your future needs for social support and strategies for staying socially active.