January 2021 – Happy New Year

 

Numbers at the start of the year for our January 2021 breakfast were consistently high and it was good to welcome a couple of new faces.

They included Sharon Jenkins, who edits the local editions of In Touch, a series of free, local magazines. Sharon is hoping to feature more articles about local businesses in their relevant editions.

If you want to find out more about some of our members do check out the Member Spotlights page. Bear in mind that we do one a month so there’s an ongoing list of people to add!

This month’s presentation was from Nigel George, of Ageing with Optimism.

 

Getting the best out of growing older

The emphasis of Nigel’s message was that it is important to be organised and prepared for four main aspects of old age.

1. Inheritance

Increasingly, couples are living together long-term as partners without necessarily being married. This can cause problems when one partner dies and their partner has no rights of inheritance to property, even if it is jointly owned, unless there is a will.

In the absence of a will, the deceased’s assets go to their children.

For peace of mind, Nigel advised making a will to ensure assets go to those the deceased wants.

2. Funerals

Whether the funeral service is to be faith-based or not, Nigel said, it is important to ensure that whoever is delivering the eulogy is well-informed about the deceased’s life.

“Funerals can be as informal as you wish, but you only get one chance to say goodbye,” he said.

3. Someone to represent your wishes when you cannot

As more and more elderly people live with various forms of dementia, it can be important that there is someone who can express their wishes for them.

Arranging a LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) nominating a person to represent you has to be done while you are still “of sound mind” and ensures there is someone available to help with both end of life decisions and financial affairs.

4. Dealing with LGBT issues

Nigel quoted the case of a couple who had been living together with their children for about 70 years when one of them died. At this point, it was revealed they had been lovers.

This raises the issue of being treated with dignity and respect, in care homes as elsewhere, and about informing surviving loved ones of a couple’s situation and commitment.

 

Future meetings

For the time being, meetings will be on the usual dates but via Zoom.  You will receive emails in advance to book and give you the log-in details and passwords. For both the breakfast and the coffee sessions, pre-booking is essential.

Chairman Allan is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future. Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to allan@millhousemedia.co.uk

 

Dates for your diary:

February Coffee February Breakfast
Online with Zoom Online with Zoom
Friday, February 5 Friday, February 19
10.00am  NEW TIME 8.00am

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965 e-mail: secretary@stowmarketchamber.co.uk.

Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact marketing officer Alison Withers: alison@multimediareputations.com

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