Because all of this(and almost losing my daughter a years or so after my husband), I have gone with doing the best I can do and just living my life to the fullest. I know nothing is guaranteed. I'm not going to spend time in machinations over laws that could change and if I die in cardboard box on the street - oh well. This latest post is a far cry from the last one from you where you typed this: Me: We are all so confident now that we will be different in old age, that we shall surely avoid those who prey on the elderly, but I am firmly convinced that for most of us we will become our own worst enemy as we age, and would love to know how I can protect myself from myself.RAD: I'm not sure who the "we" is but I'm not part of it. My strategy was to teach my children well and to give professionals I work with permission to contact my son should they feel I am making questionable decisions. The same son also has a general POA and my health care POA and we've discussed what each of us wants(because I am his health care person as well.) I am confused between your Que Sera Sera reply and your Be Proactive! reply. If you don't want to participate in this conversation, it's easy to avoid, as well as certainly providing you with more time to go "live your life to the fullest," no doubt a much superior strategy than those of us who choose to spend the time analyzing the problem for possible solutions. My experience dealing with this problem was crappy enough that I am looking for a way to protect my kids from going through the same, regardless of whether you consider it wasting my time. There are some "family traditions" I have no desire to pass down to the next generation, which is exactly what either of your approaches will do, unless of course both your kids and the gov't will be happy to let you die on the streets, or you are certain that you will be content to do so and will not make a fuss.Some people do Sudoku and crosswords to keep their brain exercised. I look for solutions to problems. I was born a planner and will die a planner. I consider that a better use of my time than spending it finding a nice soft spot in the sand to bury my head. YMMV.IP
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