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    in.ten.tion

    noun \in-‘ten(t)-shen\
    : the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose
    Living with intention insures that your life reflects your deepest desires and values. Instead of reacting to life coming at you, get out front and identify, prioritize and live on purpose. Part of a life of intention is being responsible – for your actions, choices and future. Planning for your future means leaving a legacy and preparing yourself and your family for the inevitable end of life experiences.

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    Blended Family?

    Do you have a blended family and worry how they’ll get along and share the estate you’ve worked so hard to build? Start today to consider your wishes, build a plan and then have end of life conversations with your family. Your plans should go beyond simply a will and medical directive. Ponder the type of service you desire, the ways you can demonstrate your love before you die, and how you can work now to insure unity within the family. Remember to consider fair vs. equal, and that “if you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen.”

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    Avoiding Added Pain

    You don’t want to suffer or burden your family with unnecessary pain when you die, but how can it be avoided? End of life decision making now will help. While the grief is inevitable, the confusion and conflict that often arises when you die can be lessened by making plans and having end of life conversations now. You can make most of the decisions and choices now – with input from your family – on end of life medical care, type and location of the funeral and burial and even more importantly, how you want to be remembered.

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    Retirement Issues

    When you retire or die, you want to know that the career or company you’ve built will live on. Will you leave a leadership legacy? And, how can you insure it? It’s more than the disposition of assets or stock transfers. Hopefully, you will have many years between retirement and death so begin now to contemplate and plan how you will share your wisdom and wealth. Part of successful aging is being active and giving back. Don’t let your years of life and professional experience go to waste.

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    Celebrating Age

    Celebrating Age is a choice we can make. This graphic illustrates the key points of Ann’s TEDxSMU Talk where she shared how: be present, be grateful and don’t be afraid. Adding years to your life is inevitable, but how you age is a choice.

 

 

What is a Legacy?


legacy noun \leg-uh-see] : anything handed down from the past. Most people over the age of 50 have a will, which is one form of legacy. But a true legacy goes beyond who gets your belongings. Leaving a legacy is a gift you give to yourself now so that family and friends will know and celebrate your stories when you’re no longer here to tell them. Creating a legacy is a journey through your past, gathering stories, lessons and joys so that you can appreciate and share them.

Leadership & Legacy


If you are the leader of an organization or team, you have a professional legacy to consider. Maybe you’re the founder or you have a long history as a leader. How do you want your mission and vision to live on? Planning for your retirement or death includes succession planning for both the personnel needs in your absence and the way your work will continue. From a simple plaque on the wall, to an annual award or community partnerships related to your vision, all can be a demonstration of your legacy.

Successful Aging


Everyone wants to have physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being as you age. That journey requires intention. With every choice you make – to exercise or not; to attend a class or not; to entertain or not – you are creating your future. Successful aging invites you to stay engaged in life and the cornucopia of experiences and possibilities that surround you. Looking back into your family history and your own personal journey can be a powerful bridge into the future you want to live as you age.
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