One of the hardest parts about aging is preparing for it. That's why most of us haven't.
If you were to ask around, one out of three of us don’t even know who would take care of us should we need it — or have any sort of advance directive.
It’s understandable. These tasks can be difficult, daunting and emotional. Many of us put it off until it’s too late.
Still, every day is a new opportunity to change that, and that’s why we’re here. We’ve put together step-by-step instructions to get that plan in place for the coming years and decades of your life.
The first step: Sign up for our email course, Assemble Your Team. For seven days, we’ll break down the task of preparing for aging into smaller, more manageable parts. And once that’s done, we’ve got even more to help you.
Ready to get started? Let's go!
If you could see your family's future, would you change anything? Fast-Forward follows four families as they travel into their futures to take a proactive look at aging. Watch the documentary trailer, and if you're a caregiver, take the Fast-Forward Experience to help you prepare.
In seven steps, identify what you’ll need and find who you can turn to for help. In Course Two, you’ll learn how to share those ideas and plans.
It’s one thing to make a plan. It’s another to carry it out. After you’ve completed Course One, learn how to have some of the most essential conversations of your life.
At the end of life, would you want treatment only if a cure is possible? We'll take you through making a living will.
Primary care. Specialists. Mental health. Taking care of yourself (or a parent) takes a team.
Here's how to plan for different scenarios.
How to prevent your belongings from one day becoming a burden to others.
Director of Caregiving Projects
AARP Public Policy Institute
Use this checklist through the planning process. It’s where you’ll document your ideas and decisions, and it’s meant to be easily understood and shared with those you involve. You can fill it out in several ways, depending on your preferences:
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