Emergency Preparedness 2017

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan? “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” Watching helplessly as members of our immediate family and countless others struggle in Houston with the hurricane, tornadoes, and flooding, I thought it timely to talk about preparing for emergencies- medical, natural, or other unexpected events. Emergency Preparedness- Ready.gov FEMA has lots of … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness 2017

Creating Your Personal Preparedness Plan

Here are several areas for you to consider in creating your personal preparedness plan: for yourself and the important people in your life. Your Personal Preparedness Plan for Personal Information 18 and independent: In Illinois, once your child turns 18, you no longer have access to your child’s health care records, cannot make health care … Continue reading Creating Your Personal Preparedness Plan

Preparing and Sharing Your Personal Information

Preparing and Sharing Your Personal Information Preparing and sharing your personal information in anticipation of an emergency situation or death: do any of your loved ones have your personal information regarding health, living arrangements, funeral arrangements, etc.? Do they know where to find the important information if you become incapacitated or die unexpectedly? Over the … Continue reading Preparing and Sharing Your Personal Information

Age in Place or Downsize?

Age in Place or Downsize? Age in place of downsize?  These are questions many are asking as they prepare for retirement.  Increasingly the trend seems to be staying in your current home for as long as possible, where you are comfortable.  Here is an article with some considerations of adjustments to make to your home … Continue reading Age in Place or Downsize?

New Year Preparations

Are you busy making New Year preparations?  Even if you aren’t one for making resolutions, this is a good time to take a few minutes and review some information in preparation for the start of 2016. Social Security The laws change in 2016, with the “file and suspend” with spousal benefit option being eliminated.  If … Continue reading New Year Preparations

Your Emergency Information

A quick list of items to consider when organizing your emergency information. Insurance coverage:     Medical, Home, Auto, etc. In Case of Emergency Contacts On Your Phone:  Indicate ICE before individual’s name for first responders Your ICE emergency information folder (have this information with someone not living with you In Case of Emergency Folder (hard … Continue reading Your Emergency Information

Discussing Your Wishes With Your Family

Discussing your wishes with your family; no, this isn’t sharing your gift list.  As many of us gather with family members in these final days of the year, it is a good time to consider having some very serious and important discussions. Organizing Your Information I am encouraging everyone, including myself, to get your personal … Continue reading Discussing Your Wishes With Your Family

Medical Information

Could you easily provide the current medical information for your loved one(s) in an emergency situation?  Are the current medications and physicians documented so that you can hand it to the medical professional? Do you have a current medical history on both yourself and your loved one(s)? Why Take the Time to Compile This Information … Continue reading Medical Information

Personal Medical History

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Financially Ready for Retirement?

Whether you are just beginning your employment years or counting the days to begin your retirement, it is important to routinely make sure you are financially ready for retirement. Majority of Workers Not Financially Ready for Retirement Recent statistics show that 60% of workers 55 and older have saved less than $100,000 towards their retirement.  … Continue reading Financially Ready for Retirement?