You've most likely never considered returning to a time when you would need someone to serve in a supportive role; however, as we age and health instructions become more complicated, it can be nice to have a supportive person on hand to help you during medical appointments and with complying with medical advice at home.
If you were asked to stop and think of at least four people that would be there for you in a time of need, could you do it? This person would cancel plans of their own to be by your side. They'd take notes during the medical appointment and help make sure you have what you needed after the appointment, such as medications, caregivers, etc. Most likely they'd check-in with you frequently, and especially in the days following an important appointment, as well.
If you can't name four people to be a part of your support system, it might be a good time to consider reestablishing personal connections that, for whatever reason, may have been lost over the years. Alternatively, familiarize yourself with the local agencies and businesses that help people needing health-oriented support.
As adults we have the opportunity to choose who we'd want by our side. It's wise to take some time to really think about it. It could make a world of difference if a situation arises.
Kylee Ryan is the wellness coordinator at Equinox Village, a retirement community for active adults in Manchester Center, Vt.