I hate not knowing! Maybe you do too. Even when the answer is not what is desired, it’s often easier to cope with a bad answer than to live with an ongoing dangling uncertainty.

Working in the field of aging, I often see the emotional trauma that comes from the dangling uncertainty of aging. Especially for the children or the responsible party. Calls come into my office weekly where children have no idea which way to turn for their aging parents. They have copious questions and few answers.

These calls are never a surprise to me because aging is not a field of study that’s introduced in advance of the need. More often, when the crisis hits, it’s like drinking from a firehose. Not only do the children need to assist in making decisions, they don’t have a frame of reference for evaluation. What’s more, families are grappling with shocking emotions layered on top of the learning curve.

Do you want to be hurled into future of dangling uncertainty for yourself or for those you love? Of course not. There are proactive steps to take. Practical steps centered around planning. Not just generic planning but making a plan specific to your loved one. But you’ll need a guide to ask the right questions, gather vital information, and understand the complex factors affecting the aging years.

Are you ready to chip away at the uncertainty? Take a look at the two-part book series “Age Your Way” and “The Blueprint to Age Your Way.” The books guide you through forty years of lessons learned from patients and their family members. What’s more, the Blueprint is structured as a fill-in-the-blank workbook, helping you assemble critical information in one place. When completed, you will have the material required to address the four essential parts of a plan: medical, financial, legal, and personal.

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