Planning for end of life
Benjamin Franklin once said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Some people may feel that planning for the end of life is not something they need to do or think about but whether you have Parkinson’s or not, it is something we all need to address.
This was brought home to me recently, as some of you may know, when I had my own near-death experience. I had not discussed any of my wishes in the event of my death with my family. They would not have known whether I wanted my organs or brain donated, what sort of funeral I wanted or whether I was to be buried or cremated. For your loved ones, coping with the death of a family member can be made much worse if they do not know what your wishes are. So this may be a moment for you to think about what you would like to happen towards the end of your life.
Decisions about whether you want to stay at home or go into hospital for treatment are difficult for others to make if you cannot communicate your preference. If they know in advance what your wishes are, it makes it easier for them to make decisions.
Another important consideration is signing a Lasting Power of Attorney. This allows you to choose someone to make financial, health and social care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself. Solicitors often suggest this when you make your will.
There is insufficient space here to do justice to this topic, but you can find out more on the Parkinson’s UK website:
or by ordering the booklet “Preparing for End of Life” (B092),
T: 0845 121 2354.
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