When my parents had trouble remembering how to manage the checkbook, or even where the checkbook was, I stepped in to assist them. They had Wills, a Trust and the Power of Attorney was done, but that doesn’t really help you when you need to manage the day-to-day affairs. I also found several financial institutions that refused to acknowledge the Durable Power of Attorney because it was more than 2 and 5 years old. I also needed to know where to find and have access to their banking and financial accounts; I needed to know their medical history so I could be their health care advocate; I had to manage their household and know what service plans they had in place–all the little things most of us keep in our heads.
I created an organization system that held all of this information and that I could share with my siblings, so they could easily step in and take over for me when I was out of town.
Friends and colleagues asked for copies, so I developed and launched MemoryBanc®. The MemoryBanc Register organizes the documents and details a loved one would need to step in and assist you while honoring your personal wishes. It lead to our “Older-Adult Focused Innovation” award from AARP Foundation as well as a workbook edition that could be sold in bookstores around the globe.
As my parents progressed from simple memory loss into dementia, I began to ask questions about their early childhood and family members. My mom had a scrapbook, but failed to list names, dates and events. I worked with them to recreate their personal history from schools, best friends and major life events. The MemoryBanc® Monograph is designed to help adults record their life story and prompts the owner to record everything from the family tree to sibling(s), spouse(s), friends, schools, recipes, and firsts along with photo and memento pages resulting in a pictorial memoir of your life.
Let me know if you have suggestions or other products and services that might help you collect, protect and preserve your memories—or those of a loved one. You can reach me at Kay@MemoryBanc.com
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