One woman in California, Carolyn A. Brent, is working to close many of the legal loop holes that make helping a parent with dementia so difficult. She wrote a book Why Wait? Unfortunately, most of us are already knee-deep in the swamp, but I hope her book helps others.
I have already been accumulating my list of the ways I want to age better than my parents. That lists continues to grow as I walk through this process.
What I do know is that most people have not organized even the most basic information should there ever be a medical crisis and someone needs to step in to fill their shoes. You may have the will and medical directives, but you have not documented, in ONE place, all of your financial accounts, usernames and passcodes; details on your medical history; access information to your online accounts like email and social media.
When I had to step in and gather this information for my parents, it took me more than six months to pull together the big stuff. I turned the organization and documentation system I created into a product that can help everyone get organized. It’s one of the kindest things you can do to assist a loved one.
I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the MemoryBanc® Register system and see how it can help get you organized.
If you are a caregiver, I hope you will consider using this tool to help support your parent(s), and make sure you have the back-up systems in place should someone be able to step in and help you.
Thanks to Butch who actively posts great information on his blog amidst his own challenges with his parents and brought this book to my attention.