You're still living your best life--happy, healthy, and mentally fit. This is the perfect time to start thinking about the need for two key senior health care documents: a durable power of attorney and advanced medical directives. With these documents in place you can truly relax, knowing that your future is in good hands.
It's only natural to feel a bit reticent to think about a point in your life when someone will be making decisions on your behalf, but it's important to recognize that these documents will allow you to keep control of critical choices, even when you are unable to voice them yourself, by ensuring that your loved ones know your wishes regarding financial and health care decisions. If you were to suffer an injury or illness that resulted in your mental incapacitation and these documents are not executed, the court will appoint someone to make financial and health decisions on your behalf. This person may be a stranger to the family or someone who will make decisions contrary to what you would want.
To make sure that your wishes will be carried out, it is necessary to have both a power of attorney and an advanced directive document as they address very different issues. Read More