How to Talk About Aging and Change

It is not easy to talk about aging and change to loved ones but it is extremely important.  Learning how to talk with your loved ones about issues surrounding health care, finances and basic needs associated with aging is the key to ensuring that your loved ones request will be met.

 

There are many different types of legal documents that can help you plan how the affairs of your loved ones will be handled in the future.  Below is a link to an advance directive document.  http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/peaceofmind.pdf

 

Lakeshore Legal Aid provides free legal advise on Durable Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney for Health Care and Guardianship.  For  more information please call 1-866-552-2889.

 

You will need to understand long-term care living options that may include home modification, home care, technology, assisted living, senior day centers, nursing homes and hospice. It’s important that families understand that there isn’t a single solution. Home care may not be feasible forever.  The link below provides additonal information about long-term care options. http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_63294_63384—,00.html.