What’s a POA? That part is easy … POA stands for Power of Attorney. What isn’t easy is actually being one. A Power of Attorney allows one to act on behalf of another in their affairs (ex. banking, sale of home, making decisions, etc).
For the past year I’ve been dealing with everything pertaining to taking care of my mom. My 87 year old mom has Alzheimer’s and is now in the late stage. As Power of Attorney, I have the final decision on doing everything and/or anything that is in my mom’s best interest. Keep in mind that I’m the baby of the family! My European family is quite small: I have two older brothers … that’s it … no more family.
I’d like to think that my mom’s three kids will come together on everything. Unfortunately, we don’t always see eye to eye. Suffice it to say I have had a long, bumpy ride (to date) and I don’t foresee it getting any easier. Life can get complicated and making the right decisions can be difficult … more so when the decisions are regarding another person’s well being. Even when you can make decisions, it isn’t always black and white. Case in question: owning a home in another country! The laws in other countries are different which; in turn, makes your life as POA more difficult. There’s a lot of red tape, bureaucratic paperwork to go through and it just makes you crazy!
For those of you following along; from the beginning, you know that I’ve pulled back from much of my posts on social media. I haven’t stopped but I certainly am not as active as I have been in the past. It’s been difficult to maintain even a minimal presence but I’ve been doing the best that I can. I hope that you haven’t given up on me and that you’re still hanging on by being faithful readers. My life has been a challenge and; quite frankly, I need your support to get me through this.