Happy Holidays! It's the time of the year when we gather with those closest to us to celebrate the holidays. For some of us, this is the only time of the year we get to see family and friends. Often, when we only see a friend or relative once or even a few times a year, the change is more pronounced, whether it's weight loss, a new hairdo, or, in the case of our elderly relatives, their ability to care for themselves. Often, the reason is a decline in memory, usually as a result of memory related illness such as Alzhiemer's or dementia.
This article discusses a few important topics to discuss if you have elderly loved ones:
1. Make a plan. Your parent or loved one needs to prepare for the day when they will no longer be able to make their own decisions. This includes drafting a comprehensive estate plan with an experienced Michigan Elder Law attorney such as the attorney's at Barsch & Joswick, PLLC.
2. Be transparent. Discuss your affairs with your loved ones. Let them know where you keep your important documents. Provide them with a list of your accounts and the contact information of your professional advisors, such as your attorney, CPA, and financial planner. Also discuss your wishes with them. This will make it easier if they have to make tough decisions, such as for end of life matters, down the road.
3. Seek professional help. Resources are available to you. At a minimum, contact an experienced Michigan Elder Law attorney. Also, consider consulting with a geriatric care manager to assist with care and placement decisions or join a support group for individuals with elderly loved ones. Remember, you are not alone.
If you have a loved one who is not able to live alone, contact the experienced Michigan Elder Law attorneys at Barsch & Joswick, PLLC today for a free consultation.