Office for the Aging


Be a Planner, Not a Gambler!
The Elder Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool (TEPSAT)

Holidays are a time for fun, celebrating, and getting together with family members and friends. Family visits and gatherings around the dinner table at holiday time and at picnics, barbecues, parks, and during vacations are also a good opportunity to discuss a family's plans for many different matters and events. One important matter is "planning for the retirement years." Did you know that most people put off planning for the later years until those years arrive . . . leaving many critical decisions to be made without the appropriate time, preparation, and information to plan or to take advantage of preferences and options that can make the elder years more successful.

How prepared are you . . . or your parents or grandparents . . . for the elder years? How comfortable are you with discussing health, long-term care, where to live, estate planning, burial plans, power of attorney, financial management, and other topics with your older relatives?

The Elder Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool

(TEPSAT) is a free, self-administered questionnaire that was developed by Robert Abrams, an elder law attorney, as a fun way to test your level of preparedness and to learn about various topics and resources that are important to everyone during the later years. It also provides an easy and enjoyable way to involve family members in discussions around topics that may be difficult or awkward to talk about in other circumstances. You can take the TEPSAT test—and get your score(External Link)—as well as encourage other family members to take the test at the Elderornot web site.

The Elder Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool (TEPSAT) is a performance based tool that measures elder preparedness and then directs you to valuable tools and resources that will help you prepare for the elder years.

Be a planner, not a gambler! Take the test today. Also, share the tool with your friends, neighbors and colleagues. Not planning can be hazardous to your health and to your independence!

Did You Know?
New York State has a web site that you can visit to determine what benefits you are eligible for regardless of your age. Visit Link) to fill out a quick questionnaire to see which benefits you may qualify for.