Documenting important information

We know how hard it can be to keep track of every little thing, from your gas and electricity account details, to your car insurance renewal date.

It might sound obvious, but keeping a record of all the important stuff, can really make your life more straightforward. And by sharing it with your family, it means they can easily step in if you need help with any aspect of your life.

We love the Age UK LifeBook, which offers an easy-to-use and safe method of recording the practical details of your life without making them a bother either for you or your loved ones.

The aim of the Age UK LifeBook is to enable you to record and find important information about your life, without having to sort through file after file. It will help you to put all your affairs in order and, in a step-by-step process, you’ll be able to enter the relevant information about your life in your own time and include details of family, friends and your final wishes.

The Age UK LifeBook encourages you to include your family in the process, and involving them in financial decisions if appropriate. It even encourages you to think about end of life and funeral planning.

Of course, this is just one way of recording the practical details of your life. It’s important to find a solution that works for you and your family, whether that’s a spreadsheet, a shared Dropbox account, or something else. But remember, protecting personal information is critical. Never write down or share your security codes and passwords, it could compromise your accounts.