Getting yours and your family's documents in order: Advance Directives, Durable Power of Attorney (health care, financial) and a will [or living trust] is important.
As a parent, you may also be caring for your aging parent or providing self-care. A diary (journal) can help with organizing important documents and recording information about your or your loved one's health for quick access. Or, for providing useful information to health care professionals, caregivers, family members and friends.
A basic journal should be divided into sections for Personal Information, Advance Directives, Medical Information, Lists, and Miscellaneous.
Everyone should have an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Something to think about: Your Emergency Preparedness Kit should include information on medications (prescription and non-prescription); a health care diary for important personal and medical information; emergency numbers list [e.g.: 9-1-1, Poison Control, Police, Fire Department (Non-Emergency); Ambulance (Non-Emergency)]; and an Address Book.
A diary (journal) provides you with the life-planning tools you may need for managing self-care, your family, aging parents or other elderly relatives living at-home or in transition; thereby simplifying caring for your family and taking care of yourself.
For more information on setting up a journal, you are invited to attend the seminar Taking Care of Your Health: The Elder Diary instructed by Mattyee on October. Preregistration is required at www.caringboomers.blogspot.com/p/seminar-elder-diary.html.