20 February 2007

Emails when you die

When contemplating a will think about how people can be contacted about your death.
If you live a life that uses a lot of email then you may have to leave your passwords where your executor can find it.
They may need to access your inbox (or contacts list) to let your friends know that you've died. If the email account is a free one then this may have to happen urgently before the account is deleted.
Keeping important records where they can be found in case of your mental decline or after you are gone.
That once meant storing papers in a safe or a file cabinet at home, in a safe-deposit box or with a trusted adviser. Even if the record keeping was spotty, there was a paper trail, starting with bills and statements that showed up in the mail.
But that trail has become harder to follow as more people manage their finances online.

12 February 2007

Describing Medical Symptoms

Many of our clients are of an age where they are getting aches and pains where none previously existed. So a tip like this may be welcome.
Make the most of your doctor's appointment by giving the doctor the information in the same format they learnt in medical school.
* Make an up-to-date patient profile for yourself
* Describe your basic reasons for the visit (in one or two sentences)
* Point to the location of your symptoms
* Use adjectives to describe your symptoms
* Rate your symptoms
* Recall the onset and timing of your symptoms
* Describe the setting and your condition when the symptoms occurred
* Explain what makes the pain better or worse
* List other things that happen at the same time
* Talk about your symptoms, not your diagnosis