I see a common thread on this site of people whose parents or other LO do not have a POA or Healthcare order/directive in place. Luckily Mum and Dad both have one in place buy my former mil does not. How many carers have taken the time to put their own in place? I admit I did not update my will, nor did I have anything in place until late last year at age 50. I am lucky that my sil is a physician and she will make any needed medical decisions. My brother will handle the financial side of things, plus they are co-executors for my will. When my children are older, I may add them, but they are far too young at this time to take on the responsibility. My health is good, my mind intact, but accidents do happen, and as a divorcee I need to have someone I trust to make healthcare and financial decisions as needed should I be unable. My bil who is only in his early 60's, suffered a serious heart attack last weekend. It is still touch and go and lots of prayers, plus the best doctors available, but it is a reminder that we need to have these things in place long before we think we will need them.