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Do the Right People Know What to Do If Something Happens to You?

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley Those famous lines by the Scottish poet Robert Burns are more familiar to our ears as “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” But you don’t … Continue reading

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How to Have Effective Conversations About Health Care Planning: May 11 Workshop

One of the hardest conversations to have with your loved one involves how to plan for declining health. When to treat? When is it time to let go? Despite the difficulties, it’s essential to have those conversations, not only with … Continue reading

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End-of-Life Choices: Honoring Your Loved One’s Humanity

It’s easy and very human to worry about all the “what-if’s” in life. But with aging parents or other loved ones, having an honest conversation about what to do when—not if—health issues become more serious or life threatening can seem … Continue reading

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End-of-Life Decisions: When to Deactivate Lifesaving Implants?

With heart disease a leading cause of death in the U.S., millions of Americans have gained extra years of healthy living from pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. But what happens when someone with terminal illness has a pacemaker that continues to … Continue reading

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Getting the Most from MOLST: Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Suppose your 89-year-old mother, who suffers from congestive heart disease, lives in a nursing home and falls one afternoon in the bathroom. The medical team determines that she may have a broken hip, notifies you and sends her in an … Continue reading

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