Planning for the Future - Are you Prepared?

Sara Croymans, Extension Educator, Family Resiliency

We typically take time to plan so many things … the menu for a holiday celebration, a vacation destination, or which vehicle to purchase next.  But often times we don’t take time to plan for some of those ‘bigger’ things in life that would be so beneficial to ourselves and family members.  Have you planned what will happen to your ‘stuff’ in later life?  Have you shared your wishes for health care in the event you become incapacitated?  The Extension Center for Family Development has the following programs available to help you plan for your future!  Encourage groups you belong to or are aware of to request these educational programs. 

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™

Personal belongings often have special meaning for individuals and family members. Planning to pass on such items, such as treasured wedding photo, Grandpa's fishing tackle box, or a well-used yellow pie plate, can be challenging, and may lead to family conflict.  Family feuds are more likely to erupt over treasured possessions than over money.  Learn how you can leave a legacy and manage family relationships.

 This workshop will help you learn:

  • Strategies to jump start conversations about inheritance
  • About the powerful messages in who gets what
  • The importance of planning for both titled and non-titled property decisions
  • Six key decision making factors in non-titled property transfer
  • About resources, including a workbook, to help improve family decision making

Health Care Directives

No one plans to get sick. Long term planning can put in place the resources you and your family will need. A good first step is to write down your wishes for your care in a health care directive.

Are you prepared to share your health care wishes with others before you become incapacitated?  The majority of Americans are NOT prepared!  Sixty two percent of those 50 years of age and older have not filled out a health care directive.  Most family members have not talked about their preferences in the event they become incapacitated.

This "Heath Care Directives" workshop will help you learn:

  • Decision making rights in times of incapacity
  • Key terms and language involved in advance care planning
  • The difference between a “living will” and a “health care directive”
  • Information other individuals need to know when someone can’t communicate for themselves
  • Minnesota health care directive policies and practices
  • How to complete a suggested “Health Care Directive” form
  • Common myths and facts about health care directives
  • Strategies for starting conversations about end-of-life issues

To request either of these programs contact Sara Croymans, Family Resiliency Extension Educator at or 320-226-6052

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