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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start of the holiday season. I wanted to take a moment during these quieter days to express my gratitude.
This past year, like any other, had its share of challenges. Yet, through it all, I’ve been reminded of how much there is to be thankful for. I hope you’ve had a chance to reflect on the positives as well, finding joy in the small things that often go unnoticed.
As we prepare to close out the year, I’m particularly grateful for the trust you’ve placed in our firm. It’s our privilege to assist you with your estate planning needs, ensuring that your wishes are in place and your family is protected. It’s important work that goes beyond the documents—it’s about securing peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.
Here’s to ending the year on a note of gratitude. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your planning and for your continued confidence in our services.
Have a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.
December, being the last
month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come. — Fennel
December, you’re the present
beneath my Christmas tree. – Neal Sedaka
It is December, and nobody asked if
I was ready. – Sarah Kay
Recipe – Creamy Eggnog
What to Look for When Visiting Older Loved Ones This Holiday Season
December is a time of reunion and celebration. As adult children and long-distance caregivers travel home, it’s also an opportunity to check in on the well-being of aging parents and relatives. Here are some key signs to look for to ensure they’re doing well:
- Physical Health: Notice any significant weight loss or gain, difficulty moving around, or unexplained bruises. These could be signs of health issues or mobility challenges.
- Home Maintenance: A once well-kept home that’s now cluttered, dirty, or in disrepair can indicate difficulties in daily upkeep.
- Mental Well-being: Forgetfulness is common with age, but if your loved one is consistently confused, disoriented, or struggles with familiar tasks, it might be a sign of cognitive decline.
- Social Interaction: Are they still engaging in social activities or hobbies they once loved? Isolation can lead to depression and negatively impact overall health.
- Financial Clues: Unopened mail, unpaid bills, or unusual purchases can indicate they’re struggling with managing finances.
- Personal Hygiene: Neglecting personal care, like wearing the same clothes repeatedly or not bathing, can be a sign of physical or cognitive challenges.
- Listen to Your Gut: Sometimes, it’s just a feeling that something isn’t right. Trust your instincts and address any concerns you might have.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to approach the topic with sensitivity. Remember, the goal is to ensure the safety, health, and happiness of your loved ones. By being observant and proactive, you can help them enjoy their golden years with the dignity and care they deserve.
Referrals are always welcome. Under the rules, we can’t call them. But, if you’ll have them call the office at 479-717-6300, then we can talk. Or introduce them via a 3-way text message to 479-717-6300. Once they respond, so can we. Or share this newsletter with them.
Power of Attorney Even if You’re Married
Don’t assume that you’ll be allowed to communicate with banks or manage your spouse’s affairs if he or she is incapacitated. Most institutions will require you to have a Power of Attorney, even if you are married.
We are having more and more banks and title companies not accepting powers of attorney or trust certificates more than 5 years old.
If yours are more than 5 years old, we strongly recommend you get them refreshed.