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Know enough about your parents' health?

Updated: 06-30-2011

Prepare for a family emergency by gathering important details about your parents' health. For each parent, create a medical reference file that includes birth date, doctors' names and phone numbers, and insurance information. Compile a list of allergies, medications, major health problems and surgeries. Also include advance directives, the legal documents that outline your parents' decisions about health care, such as whether to use life-support machines.