Planning Ahead for When You’re Older

Thinking about yourself getting old and dying is difficult. It's common to try to avoid making plans for these eventualities. Nevertheless, as you age, it's likely that you'll begin to ask yourself questions like:

How can I prepare for retirement?

How can I make the most of my "golden years?"

How can I get the medical care I need in the future?

What can I do when I'm no longer able to take care of myself?

What kind of funeral service and burial do I want?

How can I make sure that my assets are distributed properly after I die?

As you mature, you come to realize the necessity of making decisions about your retirement, old age and death. 

Your St. Tammany Parish Library has resources, books, and links to websites that can help you explore the possibilities as you plan ahead:

Planning Ahead for When You're Older

It's almost never too soon to plan ahead. Will preparing for your future be liberating, morbid, or a little bit of both? You'll find out for yourself when you plan ahead for when you're older.

"How to Free Yourself and your Family From A Lifetime of Clutter" . . . "Digging into her late husband's tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go."

"The Journey Through the Health Care System" . . . " a narrative tour of American health care, incorporating the stories of older patients as they travel from the office to the hospital to the skilled nursing facility, and examining the influence of . . . pharmaceutical corporations, device manufacturers, and health insurance companies."

"Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age" . . . "Everything you need to know to plan for your own safe, financially secure, healthy, and happy old age"

"A Planning Guide for the Inevitable" . . . "advice for placing one's own affairs in order pre-death so as to place less of a burden on one's survivors, detailing how to compose a will, advance directive, and powers of attorney notices."

"Finding Adventure and Purpose Later in Life" . . . "Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks show boomers how to enter this new stage of life poised for personal satisfaction and contributions to society. They offer tested advice on finding new life potential and thriving in these later decades of life."

"Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have to" . . . "a guide to gathering records, an organizer for you, and a road map for your survivors."

"Medicine and What Matters in the End" . . . "Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill."

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