Our motto: “Even the oldest tree some fruit may bear.” Longfellow
We have been connecting with you for 9 years, by sending you monthly, Senior Tips—and this is our 100th! We are an Elder Law Firm that specializes in helping Seniors with their legal, financial, and healthcare needs. To keep you informed on these key issues, we write tips in each of these three areas.
Our Elder Law practice is different by design. For example, if you need help finding long-term care, we can help with placement and can ensure that you get the quality care you deserve; if you need assistance paying for care, we help you apply for Medicaid; if you need to get your legal affairs in order, we make sure you have the right, legal documents in place.
We encourage all Seniors to have a well-planned future. As you grow older, you enter a new stage of life with new challenges. You are the one who knows best what you want your future to be. Because your loved ones may not know your desires, it’s important that you communicate with them and put written documents in place to give them the authority to act on your behalf if needed. Too often people put this off—sometimes until incapacity sets in—and then it may be too late. This can lead to the Courts stepping in and appointing a guardian or conservator. Planning prevents someone else from deciding for you! By having the best plan in place for your individual needs, life goes more smoothly, giving you more time to focus on what brings you joy.
There is still much that Seniors can do during this time in their lives. This is illustrated in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
“What then? Shall we sit idly down and say
The night hath come; it is no longer day?
The night hath not yet come; we are not quite
Cut off from labor by failing light;
Something remains for us to do or dare;
Even the oldest tree some fruit may bear;
For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”
Our challenge to you in our 100th Senior Tip is for you to realize you still have much to offer. Make your life the best it can be—you only have one life to live. Enjoy it!
View our “Senior’s Guide to a Well-Planned Future” on our website! Packer Elder Care Law-with you for life!
Tom Packer is an Elder Law Attorney serving all Southeast Idaho. As part of his law practice, Tom offers Life Care Planning to deal with the challenges created by long-term illness, disability and incapacity. If you have a question about a Senior’s legal, financial or healthcare needs, please call us.