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Your Personality affects Your Long Term Care Choices

By Carol Levine

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You might have already looked at your health status and your available family resources in your planning for long-term care, but now take a clear look at your own preferences and values. This is where you can list what is important to you and what doesn’t matter all that much. Always, to aid your planning, be candid with yourself.

  • Does religion play an important role in your life? If so, does this meangoing to religious services regularly and observing religious practices? Or is it a less organized but still significant influence guiding how you live?

  • If you’re still employed, how important is your job to your sense of well-being? Would you miss that role? What in particular do you value?

  • If you are retired, do you miss any part of your working life? Or are there aspects of working that you are happy to be free of?

  • Would you describe yourself as shy, outgoing, or somewhere in between?

  • Do you make friends easily?

  • Have you made any new friends in the past year?

  • Do you like everything to be neat and tidy? Does clutter bother you?

  • If you don’t mind clutter, does it result in what some people may call a total mess or hoarding?

  • Do you like to be around animals? Have you always had pets? Do any particular kinds of animal frighten or annoy you?

  • Do you like to be part of a group and participate in activities with people you know? If so, what kinds of activities do you most like to share? Some examples are travel, community service, sports (watching or playing), avocations like music or gardening, cooking, or any other leisure time pursuit.

  • Do you like the idea of being in a group of people you don’t know? Would you enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds? Or do you prefer to be around people whose backgrounds are similar to yours?

  • Do you find the idea of group activities unappealing? If so, what aspects do you dislike?

  • Do you prefer to do things on your own or with one or two people?

  • If you are a loner rather than a group person, would you find it hard to adjust to group living, even if you had your own living space?

  • Do you like to do things on your own rather than relying on others for help?

  • Even if you ask for help, do you like to be in charge of the details?

  • Do you have a cooperative nature — that is, do you like to work out problems with other people, or would you prefer to take charge or have someone else take charge of the solution?

  • Do you value stability and security above the possibility of change, even if it improves your life?