If you watch a lot of television dramas, you might think that everyone who has a will has a lawyer looking after it -- or, at the very least, a wall safe where it can be kept away from prying eyes and meddlesome relatives.
Advance directives are legal documents that help you retain control over your last days. Advance directives include medical powers of attorney, living wills and -- at least for some people -- do not resuscitate orders (DNRs). In Colorado, DNRs are commonly called cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) directives.
When parents get older, it's only natural for adult children to step in and start to make arrangements for their care. Unfortunately, a family civil war can easily get started when the adult kids can't agree on how to care for their elderly parents.
What happens when an elderly loved one needs someone to handle his or her financial affairs as a conservator? What if they also need someone to take charge of their day-to-day welfare as a legal guardian? Is it better to have a family member of a professional handle the job?
Assisted living can be a haven for many older adults who need just a little extra help to maintain their independence. What happens, though, when the facility's director calls and tells you that your elderly relative is being evicted?
Communicating your concerns about your aging parent's ability to manage alone or make important decisions isn't easy. Most people don't even know how to start.
Do you know the signs of elder financial abuse when you see them?
Is Buzz Aldrin, the former astronaut who followed Neil Armstrong onto the moon, no longer competent to handle his own affairs? Are his spending habits symptoms of financial exploitation and elder abuse, or are two of his children trying to exploit their father's advanced age for their own selfish desires?
Stan Lee is often thought of as the father of the modern superhero. There's good reason for that. Among other things, he's one of creators of many of Marvel's most beloved heroes, including Spiderman, Iron Man, the Hulk and Thor.
If you're approaching your senior years (or are already in them), you've probably already been advised to choose someone to hold your power of attorney (POA). Yet, many seniors hesitate -- often because they don't fully understand the limits placed on one.