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Don’t leave it too late to make end of life decisions

9 August 2011



Minister for Ageing, Andrew Constance, today launched the newly updated resource of Speaking for Myself: Planning for Later Life Decision-Making; an important guide to help people plan their futures.

Distress and conflict can arise when family members can no longer make decisions for themselves and plans are not in place for their care, living and financial arrangements.

Minister for Ageing, Andrew Constance, today launched the newly updated resource of Speaking for Myself: Planning for Later Life Decision-Making; an important guide to help people plan their futures.

“As a greater proportion of the population gets older, it’s more important than ever for people to plan ahead,” Mr Constance said.

“Speaking for Myself covers topics including making a will, power of attorney, enduring guardianship and decisions about health.”

“It is an easy-to-understand, comprehensive booklet that will assist people in making informed decisions.”

“The booklet, produced by Legal Aid NSW and The Benevolent Society, is an excellent example of how government and non government agencies can work together towards providing people with tools and resources which can empower their decisions.”

“I encourage all people to take the time to plan for when they may no longer be able to make decisions that they take for granted now.”

The resource has also prompted people to start talking with their families and loved ones about some tricky and sensitive issues that are easily postponed.
42 year old Karen Larter shared the benefits of future planning at the launch.

“What scared me is that a court could make a decision for me. The Benevolent Society gave me a package that explained what everything was and what needed to be done. I found it so helpful when it came to starting conversations with my loved ones. Now it’s like a weight off my shoulders and I don’t have to worry”.

The Speaking for Myself: Planning for Later Life Decision-Making is available from The Benevolent Society website www.bensoc.org.au and the Legal Aid website www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

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