Article 101-Estate Planning Series: The Winter Risk to Seniors

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The last few columns I have discussed some of the ways adult children can be of assistance to aging parents.  Legal documents that can be used to help parents include a “power of attorney” which authorizes a trusted child to act in the name of a parent when handling financial or other similar matters. If the parent’s health has diminished to the point that he or she is incapacitated, and cannot handle his or her own affairs, it may be necessary for a child to be appointed as a “guardian.”

Recently, The Post Register published an article about the risks winter can bring for seniors.  I appreciate the paper raising awareness about these issues.  The article emphasized the importance of prevention, not only by being aware of the risks, but by taking steps to minimize those risks.  Children can help their parents be mindful of these issues.

The article pointed out the sobering statistics about the risk of falls for seniors.  As we age, not only does the risk of falls increase, but the potential harm from a fall increases.  The snow and ice of winter make the risk of falls that much more dangerous.  When an aged person falls, he or she may never fully recover, and even life expectancy can be significantly shortened. 

However, falls are not the only winter risk.  As the article points out, the cold itself is a risk to seniors that may not exist for those who are younger.   Snow shoveling, and even snow blowers, create a risk of overexertion, especially for those who do not exercise regularly. 

Falls are just one of the risks seniors face.  However, there are many ways that seniors can protect themselves from risks, and ways that adult children can help.  Come to a free presentation to find out how.

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