AARP.org interviewed Sheri about her son Dominic’s recent accident and how she was prepared for dealing with it. Dominic is doing great. Sheri’s interview is a must read for parents with children over 18. Here is an excerpt from Mary W. Quigley’s article “How to Prepare with your Adult Child for Emergencies”:
Gaining their permission to handle health, financial and legal issues can be critical
Earlier this summer, Sheri Iannetta Cupo received the phone call every parent fears: Her son had been rushed to the hospital after a motorcycle accident.
Cupo’s 20-year-old son, Dominic, was four hours away in Worcester, Mass. Though he was coherent, it took several tense phone calls before Cupo could connect with him in the emergency room.
Luckily, Cupo, 57, a financial planner from northern New Jersey, was prepared for such an emergency. Dominic and his brother, Devon, have an advance medical directive that names her as their health care proxy, which Cupo had a lawyer draw up when her sons turned 18. She explained the necessity of the document and told them that they can change the proxy in the future to a spouse, brother or best friend.
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