Create an I love you drawer…

A little over a year ago, I lost my Dad. Not long after that, I discovered my Mom was well into the Alzheimer’s process and had been hiding the symptoms for some time. i-love-you-drawerAs the months have passed, I have become a ‘life detective’ – trying to piece together information for insurance, Social Security, the Veteran’s Administration, and more. Most of it was missing and Mom couldn’t remember much of it as well. I am now watching a neighbor try to do this after losing his wife a few weeks ago. Do me a favor this weekend – take a few hours and put together an I love you drawer or electronic file*. It should contain all insurance documents, account numbers, passwords, Social Security cards, marriage license, military discharge papers, and any other important information and documents. *An electronic file is good but many government agencies will want original documents and will not accept electronic files or copies. 

Love you Mom,

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