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This issue gives you a nudge to get your healthcare directive done and Dr. Davis provides some great mental health new year’s resolutions. Finally there is a new resource for families. read on………
Carolyn Rosenblatt and Dr. Mikol Davis
Make It Easier for Adult Children: A New Year’s Resolution
Only about 25% of older adults have taken the time to think about what would happen if they became incapacitated, and have filled out a health care directive. This seems pretty unfair to their adult children. Why put the burden on the kids? Each person has the right to decide what kind of care he or she should get near the end of life. Why do so many of us resist this subject?
Are You Ignoring Your Mental Wellness?
Maybe the new year brings with it the usual resolutions to lose weight, get more exercise, and take care of other neglected things. But have you ever heard of making a resolution to take better care of your mental health?
Probably not. Like most good health we have for a time, we tend to take it for granted. But unlike a lot of our physical health, a decline in our mental wellness can be completely invisible. Caregivers may start out doing a few chores for Mom or Dad. The burden gradually increases, and we just do what needs to be done, without really thinking about it much. We feel increasing stress, but it’s not a visible thing like putting on weight in our bodies. We need not wait until we collapse to take some preventive steps to protect our mental health.
Here is information about a new legal resource guide for families facing life threatening illnesses.
“The Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill is a great resource for anyone facing a serious illness. The book provides critical tools that help readers understand their options, make informed decisions, and minimize some of the anxiety they may be feeling about their financial and legal affairs at this stage of life,” said American Bar Association (ABA) President Carolyn Lamm.
J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO added, “Hospice and palliative care organizations are frequently asked for information regarding end-of-life planning and decision-making. This guide will be a tremendous resource to them as well as faith communities, caregiver organizations, aging service providers, hospitals and others who work to support people living with a serious illness.
Ellen M. Klem, staff attorney of the ABA Commission on Law and the Aging,reminded readers that the book does not give legal advice, but will “arm readers with knowledge about the options they have during this difficult time.”
The book is available online at http://www.caringinfo.org/UserFiles/File/PDFs/AdvanceCarePlanningLegalIssues/Legal_Guide_for_Seriously_Ill.pdf.
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