Thursday, June 1, 2017
Kaiser Health News ran an interesting story about the need for a team for aging. Putting In Place An A-Team Of Allies reports on elders who met to talk about those who would be "allies" going through the aging process, especially for those who have no nearby family. One participant, Mr. Gordon, described his allies system:
The setup has four tiers. In the first are three close friends who have powers of attorney for legal, financial and health care decision-making, should Gordon not be able to handle these responsibilities.
In the second are more than 25 friends and acquaintances whom Gordon — disabled by degenerative motor neuron disease — can call on for a ride to the doctor or a trip to the grocery store.
In the third tier are Gordon’s primary care doctor, lawyer and financial adviser, with whom he has close personal relationships. In the fourth are helpers he pays for services, including a driver and a handyman.
The article gives some examples of those who have organized their allies and recommendations for criteria in choosing allies.