One big concern for seniors is planning for final health and medical care. It’s not limited to seniors, but this would involve execution of an advanced directive, including a durable power of attorney for health care and/or a Living Will.
Properly done, the power of attorney is a legal document allowing an elderly person to appoint a trusted third party to make major healthcare decisions in case of later mental incapacity. A living will is the way for a person to direct the termination of life support should they find themselves in a persistent vegetative state often associated with a terminal illness, permanent unconsciousness, or brain death. These instruments give the senior advance control over their final medical and life-prolonging situations. Without such directives implemented in advance of incapacity, health related decisions will require a guardian be appointed.