THE JOURNEY OF AGING RESOURCE GUIDE

ESSENTIAL PREPARATION

Below are resources listed by category. 

Click on the category to access the listings.

Something could happen to you today; therefore, plan for your future now. Eliminate uncertainties regarding end of life wishes and protect yourself with these crucial materials. Your loved ones will be grateful.
 

ADVANCE HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVES

An advance healthcare directive is also know as a living will. It is important to put your legal and medical preferences in writing. Visit the Legal category in the General section for assistance to learn about the important options you have to protect your wishes if and when you are unable. 

WISCONSIN MEDICAL SOCIETY

(866) 442-3800

wisconsinmedicalsociety.org

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Have a plan in place BEFORE an emergency. Communicate your plans with family, friends, and neighbors.

 

PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT

with first aid supplies, blankets or sleeping bag, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, weather radio.

 

If you have a pet, plan ahead for pet needs, including supplies of food and water and a pet carrier.

 

Have prescription medications and any special medical supplies ready.

 

Place the following items in a plastic, lidded container:

•    Three-day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).

•    Three-day supply of nonperishable food. 

•    Three-day supply of high-energy foods, such as granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter, jelly, and crackers.

 

You can find more information on emergency plans and supply kits at ready.gov.

 

END-OF-LIFE PLANNING

 

THE GREAT CIRCLE COLLABORATIVE

(608) 444-8327

facebook.com/greatcirclecollaborative 

Experienced group of volunteer facilitators that host regular Community Conversations on death and dying (aka Death Cafés) which are free, informal gatherings offering opportunities to explore personal beliefs, questions, emotions, and experiences around a broad range of end-of-life topics in a safe and welcoming environment.

 

ESTATE PLANNING

See also Legal category in the General section.

 

HASKINS SHORT & BRINDLEY, LLC

5113 Monona Dr., Monona 53716

(608) 237-6673

receptionist@hsbelderlaw.com

hsbelderlaw.com

Haskins Short & Brindley, LLC specializes in providing professional and compassionate legal services in the areas of estate planning and elder law. Substantial expertise includes powers of attorney, wills, trusts, guardianships, medical assistance planning (Medicaid), veterans benefits assistance, and estate administration (probate).

 

SVA TRUST COMPANY, LLC

1221 John Q Hammons Dr., Madison 53717 

(608) 824-8800

trust@svafinancial.com

svafinancial.com

Making sure your estate will be professionally administered is a source of security and peace of mind for you and your family. Our professional trustees take care of your assets for you and your survivors when you no longer can.

 

WISPACT SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS

(608) 268-6006 

wispact.org

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

 

FINANCIAL ABUSE SPECIALIST TEAM (FAST) HELPLINE

(608) 261-7326 

danecountyhumanservices.org

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING, INC.

(608) 274-7900

independentlivinginc.org

 

MARY’S DAUGHTER LLC

(608) 515-4083

marysdaughterllc.com

 

SVA TRUST COMPANY, LLC

1221 John Q Hammons Dr., Madison 53717

(608) 824-8800
trust@svafinancial.com

svafinancial.com

Making sure your estate will be professionally administered is a source of security and peace of mind for you and your family. Our professional trustees take care of your assets for you and your survivors when you no longer can. 

 

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

Bureau of Consumer Protection

2811 Agriculture Dr., PO Box 8911, Madison 53708

(800) 422-7128

datcphotline@wi.gov

datcp.wi.gov

Are you being targeted or victimized by a scammer? The Bureau of Consumer Protection mediates consumer complaints and helps consumers learn about their rights. Visit our website or contact us to learn more about Wisconsin’s Do Not Call telemarketing law and to get copies of the Wisconsin Senior Guide and other informational brochures.

 

FUNERAL PREPLANNING

Important piece of the aging process but often overlooked or neglected. Visit with professionals to know your options so you can make decisions rather than having decisions made for you by others.  

 

GUNDERSON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE

5203 Monona Dr., Madison 53716

(608) 221-5420

gundersonfh.com

Prearranging is simple and the benefit to loved ones is well recognized. The benefits are numerous: they allow you to express your own wishes, your funeral plan is transferable in case you move away, and prearranging relieves your family of the financial burden. By relieving your family of decisions at a difficult time, you are showing your love and respect for their needs.

 

ORGAN DONATION

 

AMERICAN TISSUE SERVICES FOUNDATION - MADISON

(608) 276-9100

atsfoundation.org

 

RTI DONOR SERVICES

(608) 231-9050

rtidonorservices.org

 

UW HEALTH ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION 

(608) 265-0356 

uwotd.org 

 

WISCONSIN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION PROGRAM

(608) 261-6854 

dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/donatelife