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On Banks and Aging and the Alternatives

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!

The contents of this blog do not constitute legal advice; these are merely suggested scenarios.