August is “What Will Be Your Legacy Month,” a time for people to “reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect generations.” As we age, we begin to assess our lives in terms of how far we have come and how we have contributed to our society. We also begin to think about how we wish to be remembered and the impact we would like to have after we have been long gone.
Forbes.com suggests the following ideas:
- Create a family history and tree to research your family genealogy and share with your younger family members who can carry on that tradition with that valuable information.
- Write a letter to your loved ones detailing everything about your life including where to find important documents.
- Donate to a charity, create a scholarship or foundation in your name or in the name of a loved one or something that is dear to your heart that can continue way after you are gone.
A part of your legacy is also knowing and sharing your medical history with those closest to you. There can be certain interventions for some chronic hereditary health conditions if there is prior knowledge. It is also recommended to discuss medical power of attorney forms to allow a trusted loved one to make medical decisions for you in case you are incapacitated. For more information or to schedule an annual physical, you may walk-in to any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, or you may schedule an appointment by visiting our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.