Protect Seniors from Fraud
How do you begin the discussion with your dad about sensitive subjects like advanced directives and end-of-life planning? How about designing a pre-planning checklist for yourself? (After all, you'll need one someday, too.) You might begin by engaging your dad in conversation: "Dad, I'm preparing a checklist in the event something happens to me . . . and for the inevitable. Would you look this over and see if this makes sense to you?" If possible, involve all siblings in the process. If you make copies of this checklist for Dad and your siblings, he would be more likely to pull one together for himself. This could even turn into a family project, whereby the adult children help suggest and gather the information, so that everyone stays in the loop. And, if everyone is working on their own checklist, Dad won't feel so "singled out."
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Expert advice from Jo Meyers, author of Good to Go--The ABCs of Death and Dying, The Ultimate Planning Guide for Baby Boomers and Their Parents. For more information: www.GoodToGoTheBook.com. For her book, Jo interviewed 30 professionals and Baby Boomers about end-of-life issues. Good to Go is her personal story with appropriate humor and professional advice about pre-planning for death. Good to Go contains an at-a-glance, personal, pre-planning checklist that can help anyone address the inevitable without intimidation.
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