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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
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i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Monday, December 16, 2019

my last will and testament

i dug this out of our will folder this morning
i opened it up and read the date
oops i said
im not practicing what i preach

the date on this will is 1994
it was written in texas
our kids were in their teenage years
two of my patients were attorneys and did these for us

luckily so far i have never had to use the will
i want to be ready if its needed

i talked to my rainwater brother who is a financial planner who recommended that i wait until we were settled in california and then have a will and those other papers redone

i used this workbook he gave to me to fill out
it asks a lot of questions that well you should be thinking about as you head to that final exit
i also filled out the five wishes booklet which you can obtain for free from the website you can see in the picture above
i filled the booklet out as did my wife she
it has the questions you need to answer so we answered them including the advance health care directive and the physician orders for life sustaining treatment (POLST)
trust me
do these and your family will appreciate it one day
some of these things will make it into our final papers

i was just going to do a online will or just handwrite one out since those are legal then do the workbook and the five wishes

i also listened to an elder lawyer give a talk at one of the alzheimers conference i was at
i realized that our estate may be just large enough that whoever ends up with what we have will have to pay some fees and taxes
i and my wife she have decided to meet with a lawyer actually that lawyer i mentioned above
to make sure all our paperwork is done and done right
so our transition to the next stage or our final stage is a uneventful one for those descendants left behind

over the years i have read about and listened to folks and yes experienced some of those horror stories that can happen if things arent done right
we want ours done right so there will be no misunderstanding or doubt about how we want things done

one of the important things is our living will and accommodating papers like the power of attorney for health care and how i want to be handle as i go into the alzheimers final stages

my instructions will be to let me go when the time comes
please dont hesitate
make that final journey as pleasant and painless as possible
i suggest you read the final wishes stuff

if we are lucky we will age well together slowly use up our assets so that there wont be much left

we have slowly over the last several years unloaded and simplified our assets holdings so that this transition should be as smooth as possible

i hope when they read that final will folks will say
hey they spent it all and left us nothing
that just means we had a good time at the end
whats left will be apportioned and handled as we deem the way we wanted it to be

stop a minute yes if you are middle age or older age and make sure your will and final wishes are done right
done the way you want them to be

i hope that when we are gone our family will say
thank you
for doing this right

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for some very important and loving advice! You are absolutely right!