Planning for Disasters

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Jul 19, 2012

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About a month ago in Utah we had a disaster drill, staging what various businesses and social agencies would do if we had an earthquake of over 7.6 on the Richter scale. School kids practiced where they would position themselves, various businesses, including our retirement living community, Highland Cove, practiced where residents and staff would go, and what they would do. Im sure that if the real thing happens, well be more prepared than if we hadn't done this drill.
We plan for our own health disasters by having regular check-ups, whether dental check-ups or mammograms. We prepare ourselves for disasters such as death by having life insurance. We prepare ourselves for fires, floods, and life's financial struggles through other insurances. Moving to a retirement community is a way to prepare for future aging disasters such as isolation.
Recently, I had the misfortune of seeing what happens when we don't prepare for disasters. A close relative found a lump in her breast several years ago and decided to ignore it. She said her medical book said that most lumps are benign. So, she ignored it, it continued to grow, and she kept telling herself that everything would be fine. No need to have it checked. No need to prepare for disaster. The book had said it was probably benign. But it wasn't, and so now she has a full-blown disaster.
We cant really ever prepare ourselves for everything life will throw at us. But we can do the things that have been proven to be helpful. These are not suggested in order to be nuisances, but instead have been proven to make life easier in the long run. We can ignore them, but we will face the consequences. As my father used to tell me, You can be the ant and prepare for the winter, or you can be the cricket and while away your time fiddling. He also said that he always thought the cricket was the hero of the story. I doubt that was really the case, for when he died, my mother had enough money to live comfortably for the rest of her life. If only he'd had an EKG . . .
Editors Note: Article by Ginny Echevarria. Ginny has been the Director of Sales and Marketing at Highland Cove Retirement for over 10 years, and as such has helped around 10,000 families deal with the disasters that come with aging. She may be reached at 801.272.8226 or visit the website www.highlandcove.com

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