Two weeks ago this column covered attorney-in-fact, the individual or entity appointed to act on your behalf. This week we will discuss Power of Attorney (POA).

The power of attorney grants someone the power to make decisions about your property and financial affairs, generally ending with your death or incapacitation. This can be as limiting as granting authority to pay monthly bills or as broad as managing all financial decisions.

A durable power of attorney (DPOA) survives incapacitation. It requires language specifying that the power does not cease in the event of incapacitation.

Durable power of attorney for health care decisions gives authority to an individual to make health care decisions when you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself. It also gives the power to review your medical records.

Some tips for creating an effective power of attorney:

* You must be mentally competent to consent to a power of attorney.

* The document must be in writing, signed and notarized.

* If you are physically unable to sign the document, you may designate an adult to sign on your behalf, in the presence of a notary.

* Be sure you have read the document and understand what powers you are assigning to someone else.

* Make sure your wishes are spelled out completely and any limitations are noted.

* Make sure your attorney-in-fact (the person you have appointed) understands the powers and responsibilities given to them.

* Remember, you are the boss. Your wishes are primary.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Noon Lions Club, RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Poker run

Join us Saturday, June 2, for the Beef Empire Days Meals on Wheels Poker Run and Classic Car Show. We are looking for sponsors for the event. For more information, call 272-3620.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 8:30 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The Snooker Tournament begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday, the Walking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:15 p.m.

May 2 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing starts at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature the "OK Cowboys." The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Smothered steak, scalloped potatoes, perfection gelatin salad, wheat roll, cinnamon apple slices.

Friday: Chicken tetrazzini, peas, Italian vegetables, wheat bread, tropical fruit salad.

Monday: Beef enchiladas, refried beans, marinated tomatoes, tortilla chips with salsa, pineapple.

Tuesday: Beef stroganoff over noodles, spinach salad, wheat bread, angel food cake with strawberries.

May 2: Sweet and sour chicken, rice, Capri vegetables, wheat bread, mandarin oranges.

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