Estate Planning Newsletter – May 2022
Tickets for the 2022 Embrace Aging Forum are now on sale!
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Westin Chattanooga
801 Pine Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
We hope you can join us at this year’s event, featuring keynote speaker Tembi Locke. Registration includes complimentary valet parking, light breakfast, breakout sessions, and lunch.
It May Be Time to Contact an Aging Care Professional
By: Amy Boulware, LAP MSW
I turned 55 in March and just realized that I am now what they call “middle-aged.” This seems to have happened quickly, as I have heard many others say before. Suddenly you wake up, your kids are grown, you are immersed in work, and your body doesn’t feel the same way it did in the past. But nothing brings this stage of your life into focus, like getting the emergency phone call about an elderly parent who is experiencing a medical emergency. Would you believe that I received two of those calls within three weeks of each other? One for my dad and the other for my mother-in-law (MIL), or as I like to call her, my mother-in-love. And just like that, my work and my personal life collided.
My mother-in-love is an independent, active 80-year-old who lives on a farm in rural Oklahoma and still takes care of her chickens, runs the tractor, and manages a garden that produces delicious veggies that she cans and shares with the family every year. She also takes care of her aging dog, Boots, who has more ailments than I can list. Suffice it to say, she has to carry him outside to do his “business.” And that is what caused the emergency phone call we received. It was 19 degrees outside and snowing. My MIL takes Boots out early each morning, which is how they start their day. As she carried Boots down the steps, she slipped and fell. According to my MIL, the dog went flying, and so did she. Instantly, she was in terrible pain and knew that she had broken something.
As a geriatric social worker, this does not come as a surprise to me. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 36 million falls are reported among older adults resulting in 32,000 deaths each year. In addition, one out of every five falls results in an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.
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Boomers Are Shaking up the World of Senior Living
The Embrace Aging Forum connects you with community resources and forward-thinking perspectives in all areas of life including housing and care, relationships, health and wellness, finances, and legal planning.
This event is for:
Anyone seeking resources and help on topics such as aging in place, estate planning, savings, wealth management, retirement, hospice, palliative care, and much more
Keynote Speaker: Tembi Locke
Care for the Caregiving
Actress and New York Times Bestselling Author
We are excited to welcome our Embrace Aging Forum distinguished keynote speaker, Tembi Locke. She is an American actress known for her roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Magicians, Proven Innocent, and NCIS: LA. She is also the author of New York Times Best Seller “From Scratch”, a memoir about her journey as a primary caregiver for her late husband and the importance of creating community when it matters most.
“From Scratch” is being adapted as a Netflix limited series produced by Reese Witherspoon, which will be released later this year.