Planning in Advance

Health care preferences are deeply personal and often change with age. Whether you are caring for a family member or neighbor, it is essential to take time to discuss their preferences for different situations such as aging, advanced illness diagnoses, or sudden medical changes. This section will guide you through some common advance directives options available.


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How to Talk to Loved Ones About Your End-of-Life Wishes

Conversations about end-of-life decisions are delicate, personal, and unique — and rarely, if ever, begun and completed in one sitting. One thing is sure, given the mobility of our society, the advances in medical technology, and the continuing cultural denial of death: The need for these conversations has never been more profound.

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Writing an Ethical Will: How to Get Started

Writing an ethical will can feel like an overwhelming process. How does one begin to summarize a lifetime of lessons and beliefs? Where should the focus of the message be? In this article you will find helpful exercise to help you on this journey.

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What is a Health Care Proxy?

A Health Care Proxy allows you to appoint someone you trust, like a family member or close friend, to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make them yourself. Learn more.

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Advance Directives: What They Are and How To Make Them

Advance Directives ensure that your wishes about treatment will be followed if you cannot decide for yourself. Read about some of the most used advance directives.

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