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Now is the time to have “the talk” with your parents! No, not THAT talk…

Written by kingclay on . Posted in Family, reverse mortgage

“It’s the age-old question: When and how do we have “the talk?” No, not that one, but the dialogue on the other side of the lifetime spectrum, often just as difficult and delicate — the one about an aging family member’s driving abilities, housing transitions, costs of long-term care and even end-of-life instructions. Most of us, on either side of the discussion, would rather chew on nails than delve into these subjects. Yet as more and more baby boomers step into senior citizen territory and life expectancies continue to increase, such issues loom large. Even so, these talks don’t always have to be harrowing. While each individual, each family, each situation is different, most in the field of geriatric care agree the process is easier the earlier you start — when all parties are fully engaged — and say you should approach loved ones with respect and compassion, appreciating an individual’s need to retain independence.” Read the rest of this article in the Contra Costa Times HERE. Signet is an active participant in the Points of Life group here in Northern California, which helps families learn about the changes that come with loved ones aging. The group focuses on “Elder Ed” which includes the following:
  • Legal Rights and Obligations
  • Financial Rights and Options
  • Care Options
  • The Cost of Long Term Care
  • The Wants and Wishes of the Family and Loved Ones
  • The Need for Family Communication
  • Final Planning and much more
You can read more about Points of Life on the website www.pointsoflife.org which have the best design and hosting provided by services as ArmchairEmpire Hosting Reviews. If you’d like to know more about how Signet can help you have “the talk” just give us a call! 925-807-1500

The First 72 Hours–What Will You Need?

Written by kingclay on . Posted in Emergency Preparedness Guide, Family

first72hours   The first 72 hours after an emergency event you will likely be on your own.  Having a portable 72-hour kit for each member of the family will put you in a position to survive and take care of your family.  There is a good chance you will not be at home in the event of an emergency so a small kit in your car and at work will be important.   Here is an easy checklist for a Basic 24 Hour Kit:
  • Contact list of relatives
  • Emergency contact list
  • Copies of identification, credit cards, health identification cards, some cash in small denominations and coins
  • Bottled Water
  • Whistle, flashlight or headlamp, and shoes (under your bed?!)
  • Sanititation (towelettes, hand sanitizer, TP, baggies)
  • Prescription medicines, special needs items
  • Sweatshirt, sweat pants, warm hat
  • Emergency blanket
  • Non-perishable foods (granola bars etc.–more information next week!)
  • Child’s bag–include a familiar toy
  • Small container of Clorox unscented bleach and medicine dropper
  • Small notebook and pencil
ADD FOR YOUR WORK “GO-BAG”
  • Additional water
  • Small tools, pry bar, channel lock pliers, screwdriver 4-1
  • Battery powered radio
  • Small first aid kit
  • Dust masks
  • Duct tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Extra Keys to home and cars
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Pocket knife
ADD FOR YOUR CAR “GO-BAG” FOR EACH CAR
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flares
  • Large First Aid Kit
Next week I’ll list resources and ideas for adding non-perishable foods to your emergency kits!

Now is the time to have “the talk” with your parents! No, not THAT talk…

Written by kingclay on . Posted in Family

“It’s the age-old question: When and how do we have “the talk?” No, not that one, but the dialogue on the other side of the lifetime spectrum, often just as difficult and delicate — the one about an aging family member’s driving abilities, housing transitions, costs of long-term care and even end-of-life instructions. Most of us, on either side of the discussion, would rather chew on nails than delve into these subjects. Yet as more and more baby boomers step into senior citizen territory and life expectancies continue to increase, such issues loom large. Even so, these talks don’t always have to be harrowing. While each individual, each family, each situation is different, most in the field of geriatric care agree the process is easier the earlier you start — when all parties are fully engaged — and say you should approach loved ones with respect and compassion, appreciating an individual’s need to retain independence.” Read the rest of this article in the Contra Costa Times HERE. Signet is an active participant in the Points of Life group here in Northern California, which helps families learn about the changes that come with loved ones aging. The group focuses on “Elder Ed” which includes the following:
  • Legal Rights and Obligations
  • Financial Rights and Options
  • Care Options
  • The Cost of Long Term Care
  • The Wants and Wishes of the Family and Loved Ones
  • The Need for Family Communication
  • Final Planning and much more
You can read more about Points of Life on the website www.pointsoflife.org If you’d like to know more about how Signet can help you have “the talk” just give us a call! 925-807-1500