Big Decisions for Later in Life Discussed

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Discussion Summary

SF Village Explorer Bob reflects on some of the important decisions about later life that are concerning him, and he is joined in the discussion by others who see this topical area as important as they explore becoming the leading edge of the Boomer generation.

His initial concern is choosing a senior living setting as a contingency plan for when he can no longer live independently at home.

Explorer Judy is concerned about becoming a burden to others in later life, and realizes that, if one does become incapacitated, the decisions need to have been made prior. She is realizing the enormous size of this problem given the number of aging persons today and that it will only increase in the future.

Others see that making advance directives is a moral issue, and welcome a discussion of the matter. Becky says that people need to know the choices before they get to the point that they can no longer care for themselves.

Members discuss medical assistance with terminating life, a law based on that of Oregon which goes into effect in June, 2016 in California. The group agrees that advance directives, wills, and trusts are essential but can be difficult to discuss given cultural mores.

Essentially, the words “We are blazing the trail. We are at the forefront of the aging of America,” is the consensus.

Key Questions: preliminary list

Here are some of the questions we are collecting for future discussion.

  1. Don’t want to be a burden.
  2. When to move in to a long term care facility?
  3. Which payment plan in a long term care facility?
  4. End of life choices.
  5. Taboos: death. Facilitating death?
  6. Wills & Advanced directives.
  7. Cultural issues.

We plan to discuss this some more, and in a more structured way, at future circles.


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from the San Francisco Village circle discussion May 3rd, 2016.


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Key words: 
advance directives, senior living choices, later life decisions