Don’t wait until tomorrow
Do you know the names of all eight of your great-grandparents?
If you can’t cite them off the top of your head, don’t feel too bad. According to Baines, not many people taking part in ethical will writing workshops can name even four of their great-grandparents, so it’s likely that your great grandkids won’t know your name either.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t want to know.
Genealogy, fueled by search engines and software programs that help a person re-construct their family tree, is already one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, according to Haines.
People are fascinated by the past and want to know as much as they can about their ancestors. The problem is that that information can be hard to gather, even in light of today’s technology.
For caregivers who want to protect their legacy (and that of their elderly loved ones), Baines says that it’s never too early to begin work on an ethical will. He points out that most ethical wills cannot be completed in one sitting, and will require a significant amount of thought in order to be impactful, so caregivers should consider starting as soon as possible.
“It’s best not to wait to capture this information,” he says, “nobody is promised tomorrow, and you never know if there is going to be enough time.”
Ethical Wills Lend Clarity to Caregivers and Serenity to Seniors originally appeared on AgingCare.com.