There is no viable alternative to aging – viable being the key word here.
But we can age with more grace, bureaucratic stability and good health than ever before.
I can only offer advice on the bureaucracy – nothing more; but I believe this is crucial for grace and health.
No worries is something you put on a car sticker – but it can also become a reality.
Take care of just a few, small things – prevent them from growing out of proportion, now, while you can; then you will be able, indeed, get to a place of no worries, and focus on what you want (and not what you’re merely trying to prevent.
1. The banks – Go to your bank and get a clearer idea of the conditions of control of your account:
* if it’s a joint account, what are the rights of the survivor?
* if someone else “just” has signatory powers – do they have a power of attorney as well? How will the bank relate to them after 120 years?
* what is your overdraft allowance?
2. Aging – You have rights!
* depending on your age, you may be eligible for an old-age pension from Bituach Leumi;
* if you are still relatively healthy, you might want to consider getting nursing care “Siudi” insurance, either through your health fund, Kupat Cholim, or privately through any insurance company in Israel;
* if you do have health problems, you will want to consider applying to Bituach Leumi, to be recognized for a certain level of disability – you may be eligible for services/discounts/ a stipend.
3. Office of Equal rights – HaMisrad L’Shivyon Zechuyot – Their number is *8840. When you leave a message in English, an English speaker will call you back – they’re pretty reliable.
4. Call me!