Walking into a life-changing event can be like walking into a maze: scary, overwhelming, time-consuming, defeating, and frustrating. No wonder most people want to get in and get out. Unfortunately, that path of what seems to be ‘least resistance’ can lead to additional confusion later.
At a time when it’s understandable to emotionally check out, try checking in with an older adult advocate; someone who has your best interest at heart, wants to educate you, and is willing to work with other professionals in encouraging you to take a few steps back before going forward.
At the end of the day, problem-solving is about perspective. The greater the better!
It takes more time up front, but it’s worth it in the end.
A few things to think about:
1) Legal Documents: Do you have them? And, are they up to date? In other words, do they accurately reflect where you are today and where you wish to go in the future?
What about other documents? Things like investments, tax returns, and insurance…
Once you have those in place, you have a much better sense of direction.
2) How are YOU doing? As a primary caregiver, for example, it’s imperative that you ‘bite the bullet’ and set / attend your own professional visits.
3) Finally, you never know what you have until you have it all together. It is not uncommon to find a ‘needle in the haystack.’
It is certain that life will change. Anticipating that by putting together a plan sooner rather than later, being proactive versus reactive, can lessen your time in the maze, or help you avert it all together, and increase the time where you are truly needed…