Kaiser Health News recently published an article emphasizing the importance of seniors having allies in place as they journey through the aging process (“Putting In Place An A-Team Of Allies”). Millions of seniors having little family support due to illness or death of a spouse or children living far away or who are too busy to offer much if any assistance. Who can these individuals rely upon if they should need assistance?
The article describes the importance of creating a personal support group – an A-Team of Allies – if help should become necessary. One person noted in the article described his support allies as having four tiers. The first one are close friends who have agreed to serve as agent under his financial and health care powers of attorney. The second tier includes more than 25 friends who can be relied upon to provide a ride to the doctor’s office or grocery store. In the third tier are his primary care doctor, lawyer and financial adviser. The fourth tier consists of helpers he pays for services such as a handyman or a driver.
The importance of having an A-Team of Allies cannot be overstated. As we grow older, the likelihood of requiring help only increases. Creating such a team of allies can help protect you when assistance is needed.