"At some point we will either be caregivers... or need them."
Before you’re in it …let's talk.
America's choice to plan life's aging journey.
"I wish we had planned our story when things were normal!"
"Create a plan when your loved ones are healthy."
Paying a mortgage ▫ Saving for college ▫ Planning a vacation
We all understand preparing for the future is important. But when it comes to caring to planning the last third of our life, most of us don't have a plan... until there is a problem.
Starting Is Easier Than You Think
We can't control our parent's decisions, but we can support them when we know their wishes for the future. Work together to create a simple advance care plan that offers peace of mind and a calming sense of control that comes with knowing your loved one's desires.
Chemane Rene', Gerontology Specialist & co-founder of Plan Your Story
With a plan in place you'll have a welcome sense of relief
You will have clarity on what to do in an unexpected family crisis
You will create a plan of action for your entire family
This program provides direction when your family is struggling with issues involving an aging family member
A Relevant & Timely Program
Planning Your Story will restore balance and provide a sense of stability during a family in crisis.
Caring for a loved one often creeps up on you. It starts when you drop by your mom's house to do her laundry, or to take your dad to a doctor's appointment. You find yourself doing the grocery shopping and filling the prescriptions. Gradually, you are doing more and more. At some point, you realize you have made a commitment to take care of someone else.
Employees unexpectedly leave their career to care for an aging loved one.
Percentage of caregivers' retirement and savings to fund care efforts.
I'm a specialist in Gerontology, a mom, a business expert, a fiancée, a daughter who cares for my dad, and I'm proud to be a caregiver.
My goal is to create an environment that supports your personal, professional and family needs before and during your time as a caregiver.
Plan Your Story is a tool to prepare you and your family before an aging crisis takes hold. You will save your family hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in anguish and guilt by having a real family conversation - and writing it down.
Begin your journey with my free START TALKING GUIDEBOOK. Click button to download today.
"We created this program because our crisis had such an adverse effect on every aspect of our lives. No family should have to go through what we went through. Plan your story now and you won't have to."
Chemane Rene', co-founder of Plan Your Story
Think Of This As A Gift
This is not a problem your will, trust or burial plan can solve.
Hey mom & dad... this video is for you!
Children of aging parents in crisis are often riddled with stress of guessing, and being second-guessed, about what their parents would want in a given situation.
Please don't wait until an unexpected crisis cripples your family. Start the conversation and build an estate plan while you are lucid and thriving. Write down your end of life decisions now so your family understands what you truly want.
A great place to start is our free Start Talking Guide.
Research and academic sources include...
Are You Prepared to Take On Responsibility?
Caring for your folks often creeps up on you.
The vast majority of healthcare is actually provided by families like you, not by healthcare professionals.
My dad, on the water in San Diego 1967.
More than 75% of us who care for our loved ones are women. Ready or not we are the ones who step up to care for them and most of us are not ready.
My dad and I in Reno, Nevada 2017.
Are You Prepared to Care? Take the Quiz!
Our free quiz is 13 simple questions that help you relate to hundreds of other Plan Your Story members.
See where you stand among hundreds of other Plan Your Story members. It's totally FREE and no personal information is collected.
TOOLS TO SUCCEED
Our certified specialists in gerontology help you build an aging plan that truly helps families as they grow older.
We engage your family with tools and inspiration to create an advance care plan. A living document to guide aging decisions for years to come.
Your family will quickly understand how every aging family plan begins with a simple family conversation.
Self-guided program is designed around your family's schedule.
Printed books & publications guide your Plan Your Story journey
Online seminars & support to encourage family members
An evidence-based course prepares families for sharing parent's finances, their estate plan, goals and wishes too.
Email inspiration for a clear path to success
Reduce the impact on working caregivers who must make adjustments to their career path.
Adult children and aging parents enjoy unlimited access to library materials & conversation tools for talking.
Website tools, videos & workbook downloads
Communication tips from industry leaders
Affordable for Life
Your family cannot afford to ignore a realistic plan.
While dementia, heart attack, stroke, cancer, even falling down, are all part of the natural aging process, few of us actually put an aging plan together before your family experiences a major crisis. This is called an Advance Care Plan, and Plan Your Story includes a legal living will too.
A tool to understand your parents wishes.
Saves your family hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars over your lifetime
Costs less than 1 hour with your attorney
One-time expense is less than one month's premium for long-term care insurance
You will create a clear path to your loved one's aging wishes
PLAN YOUR STORY and TALK WITH YOUR FAMILY
Complete the program at your own pace, while we guide you along the journey.
Your membership includes
Leather 3-ring portfolio
Pre-printed Plan Your Story learning modules, pen and writing pad
Family leader's workbook and reference guide
Legal Living Will - Advanced Directive Program
Monthly live webinar engagement events
Weekly tips from Plan Your Story agents and industry leaders
Planning tools to complete your Advance Care Plan (ACP)
Smart-goal modules to understand your loved one's wishes
Access to network of aging and caregiving professionals
End-of-life planning tools and questions
"Plan Your Story is designed from the ground up to help you prepare for an aging crisis before it grips your family."
There's Another Dent in the Car!
Getting older does not automatically make us poor drivers and many people continue to be safe drivers. However, families may come to a point where they are concerned for the safety of those who are no longer be able to drive safely.
Plan Your Story can show families how to intervene when a loved one's driving skills pose a traffic risk.
I Didn't Sign Up for This!
We all must work together even when family members disagree.
This journey can be a bit uncomfortable at times and it's OK! The purpose of Plan Your Story is to understand your loved ones goals and wishes before a crisis. Let's face it. If you wait until you are comfortable, you probably won't begin at all. The Plan Your Story program is a toolkit to ease your discomfort and get your family on the same page.
This family caregiving epidemic is new to all of us
Siblings have no model or script for how to manage new roles
Everyone in the family is struggling
Learn to work together again
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Plan for Better Control Over Your Future
No learning curve
No software to learn or install
Easier than you'd think to begin and complete
Program delivers techniques used by therapists
Simply open up your workbook and begin your plan
365 days of customer support
Achieve peace of mind with one simple program
Everything you need in one place
Advanced Directive and More
(Pew 2006, AARP 2008).
"Most people say they would prefer to die at home, yet only about one-third of adults have an advance directive expressing their wishes for end-of-life care."
Included is a simple Advance Directive tool that lets you talk with your family, friends and doctor about how you want to be treated if you become seriously ill. Advance directives are also known as living wills... and there's one included in your Plan Your Story program.
Meets Legal Requirements in 42 States*
Used in all 50 states and around the world
A trusted resource for people who want a plan
A simple tool for discussing personal wishes
*In the other eight states your completed living will can be attached to your state's required form.
Let's Talk About Legal Things
Goal setting and practical concerns are the cornerstones of a healthy family plan.
Even though plenty of us know what wills and trusts are, only 39% of us with kids have estate planning documents, and 13% believe that their spouse and kids will automatically receive their assets when they die. This is rarely the case!
Plan Your Story encourages legal planning
Finalize your will and advance directive
Determine if a trust is right for you
Name a healthcare power of attorney and execute with your attorney
Name a durable power of attorney and execute with your attorney