Bette Davis once said, “Getting old is not for sissies.” Ms. Davis was a wise woman!
Aging is a natural progression for everyone, but aging gracefully and thoughtfully can be a challenge for many elders and their families. Until I started seriously studying the aging process and becoming acquainted with many professionals who assist the aging, I was not aware of how complicated getting older can be. Who knew there were so many decisions associated with aging—where & how to live, which doctors to consult with, Medicare & insurance options to ponder, financial issues, legal issues, how to spend retirement years, etc., etc. Yet, it seems that many folks find themselves arriving in the later years with only a vague idea as to how they will live out the rest of their life.
Those who are aging may find it beneficial to consult an Elder Law Attorney who can guide them in making informed plans and decisions relating to the various nuances of getting older, from estate planning to abuse & fraud to health & long-term care strategies. Things can get particularly tricky when the elderly remarry and issues arise concerning ownership of property, powers of attorney, and wills. Elder Law Attorneys are particularly versed and experienced in navigating the intricacies of legal issues involved in aging and may prove to be invaluable in ensuring protection and representation for the aging client. These attorneys often work alongside financial planners and geriatric care managers to assist the elderly and their families as well.
When hiring an Elder Law Attorney you will, of course, want to investigate their credentials and reputation, perhaps getting recommendations from their clients. Another factor to consider is the physical location of the attorney’s practice since laws affecting the elderly may vary from state to state. You will want to rely on an attorney who is familiar with and experienced in the state where the older person in question resides. (www.seniorcitizensguide.com)
We, at Transition Tamers, are acquainted with several Elder Law Attorneys in the Charlotte & Lake Norman region and we would be more than happy to help you connect to them. Taking time to think through the process of aging and planning adequately for it may eliminate many of the fears and pitfalls many older folk encounter in their later years. Please share any advice or thoughts you may be able to give us relating to your experience in this regard.