Action Plan

Determining Your Priorities

Topic 1: Define Your Goals

Whether coping with a chronic condition or adapting to new developments as you age, it's important to maintain the things that bring comfort, satisfaction, and meaning to your life. You want to be able to define the goals that you have for yourself, both in the long term and in your daily routine. In so doing, you and your care providers will be able to better understand what care choices are most important to maintaining your quality of life.

I want to maintain my job performance.
I want to re-enter the workforce.
I want to spend time with my friends and family.
I want to socialize more and make new friends.
I want to maintain my hobbies.
I want to be able to travel.
I want to be able to exercise regularly.
I want to keep my sex life going.
I want to be able to drive my car.
I want to live as independently as possible.

Topic 2: Express Your Concerns

Aging and/or living with a chronic condition means more than dealing symptoms. It introduces a host of other concerns, both long- and short-term, that must also be managed. Maybe you worry about the financial burdens stemming from your care. Or maybe you are having difficulty maintaining your mood. By identifying these concerns, you and your care providers can better formulate plans for meeting them and relieving the burdens that they place on you.

I am concerned about being able to maintain my job.
I am concerned about paying for treatment and/or medications.
I am concerned about the side effects of treatments and/or medications.
I feel a great deal of stress when dealing with my medical decisions.
I am having trouble keeping my cool in stressful situations.
I feel sad or hopeless much of the time.
I often lack energy to perform chores or leave the house.
I often feel lonely, isolated, or bored.
I am having trouble with my vision and/or hearing.
I am concerned about what will happen when the time comes.

Topic 3: Identify Your Needs

When symptoms are severe, you can have trouble meeting your basic needs. Even so, asking for help can be one of the most difficult things to do. That is why it is important to express your needs to your family, friends, and caregivers, so that, together, you can find a way for those needs to be met.

I need help cooking or cleaning at home.
I need help bathing or dressing myself.
I need help finding transportation from the house.
I need help keeping track of my schedule.
I need help getting to medical treatment and doctors' appointments.
I need help managing my medications.
I need help making ends meet.
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