I see many older adults living alone who have not completed their financial and medical powers of attorney or prepared a living will. This is dangerous especially as individuals pass the age of 85 when 50% will experience some sort of memory loss. If no family members are appointed to act for an individual and issues occur, the court may appoint a stranger, a non-family member, to take responsibility for the individual. This is an unfortunate situation because I always believe that family should be involved even if only to provide information. Some family members because of distance or personal responsibilities cannot provide care for the older adult; however they can be a wonderful source of historical and family information to support care of the individual if a professional is appointed to provide care.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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