Caring for a seriously ill spouse is an emotionally exhausting time of life. But, at this time it is particularly important to talk about healthcare wishes and getting an estate plan in order. When your spouse is seriously ill, the pain is increased by the anticipated loss of your life partner.
Edema, once called “Dropsy”, is a condition that causes swelling in certain areas of the body. It often emerges as a result of leaking capillaries which seep fluid into the surrounding tissues, producing the swelling. It might not seem like a reason to seek medical help, however with older individuals particularly those with chronic medical conditions the situation could be serious.
In our previous BLOG titled “Independence Day” we talked about what you should do to put your estate in a proper condition. Part of that advice was to consult an Estate Planning Attorney. This article talks about how to prepare for that meeting.
The meeting with your attorney will give you an opportunity to think about your wishes for the future and get organized. It is not unlike preparing for a meeting with your tax accountant for your tax return if you do so. You need to come with certain questions and your supporting documents.
As we are celebrating America’s Independence Day, it brings to mind what personal independence might mean for American seniors. Making sure your personal business affairs are taken care of provides a sort of independence for both the senior and his or her family.