1. There is an undeniable relationship between preparedness and a sense of no regrets.
2. The choice of a proxy decision maker is one that only your parents can make.
3. Resolve to have clarifying conversations early and often.
4. Consider your parents’ values and wishes and what you hope to accomplish on their behalf.
5. Three important steps in caregiving:
• Identify and accept yourself as caregiver as early as possible.
• Know that being a caregiver is not the same as being a loving son or daughter.
• Build a supportive network!
6. Healthcare for aging persons is only as good as it is appropriate.
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