We take it for granted that we can make our own decisions about a range of issues, large and small, that affect our lives. But for many of us some decisions will be made for us later in life via a legal document; be it a Will, Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship or Advance Care Directive.
If we don’t plan ahead, we may find that we are not given the opportunity to have our wishes followed or to choose who we would like to act on our behalf in important decisions. This includes decisions about our health and finances.
Planning ahead is an easy way for us to ensure that later in life the big decisions are made the way would wish.
And yet so few of us do it.
One easy way to start planning ahead is to visit the Planning Ahead Tools website. This easy access government website can provide you with simple and clear tools to help you make plans for future legal, health and financial decisions.
You can access the Planning Ahead Tools website here: http://planningaheadtools.com.au/
In September, COTA NSW will be running Consumer Reference Groups (CRGs) on the issue of planning ahead. We’ll be talking to over 50s around NSW about what plans they’ve made and what’s important when deciding who we want to take on decision making for us later in life.
CRGs will be taking place in September in the following areas:
If you’re interested in participating in one of the CRGs in your area, please contact Ruth Anstice on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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