As our parents age it is natural for us to take over the meal preparation but we need to be sensitive to the changes as our family ages. Our metabolism and taste buds changes as we age. Don’t be offended if the person doesn’t eat the pile high plate of food like they used too. Consider preparing something special to cater to changing dietary habits and needs.
Make food that is easy to chew and swallow. Dentures and reduced saliva production make tough and dry foods difficult.
Use less salt to be considerate of blood pressure and water retention issues.
Add more seasoning to make up for the lower salt, aging taste buds and the dulling affect of some prescript
What do you do when something bad has happened?
What if you have been in a terrible car accident? You're in the ICU and can't tell anyone what you want for your healthcare and well-being. You can't tell anyone how to get access to your accounts, to pay your mortgage, etc. If you're married you think your spouse will take care of it, but what if they can’t? What if they were in the car too?
You can learn more about what a Healthcare and Financial Power of Attorney is here!
The question becomes, do you need one? Yes! But most people do not have POAs and this is why they should.
When you can't speak for yourself, these problems could arise: