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Transitions in Aging

Retirement Planning II

Planning for End of Life (cont.)

Photo of eyeglasses with last will and testament

  • Some things to think about:
    • Joining a support group
    • Figuring out future living arrangements
    • Deciding on a back-up caregiver
    • Discussing these plans with legal counsel

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Notes and References

Additionally, we should plan what we will do if we lose our loved ones.

Again, this is a plan we should discuss with the people we trust, such as our family, friends and support staff. When managing grief, some things to think about may include possible support groups to join or to seek support from a counselor in a time of need. We should also consider future living arrangements, if the person we live with passes away. And if our caregiver passes away, who we wish to be our caregiver. It may be helpful to talk with legal counsel about some of the tough decisions.1

Even though the discussion related to end of life planning may seem like a very sad thing to do, it is never too early to plan for these kinds of things. If you are interested in exploring more information related to end of life planning, please click on the 'Resources' tab on the left side of the screen. If we have all of these plans in place prior to something bad happening, we will be well prepared for dealing with these situations.


  1. Botsford, A. L. (2000). Integrating end of life care into services for people with an intellectual disability. Social Work in Health Care, 31(1), 35-48.