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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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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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Can We Talk? How to Open Up the Conversation as Loved Ones Age

As adults, we all want to stay independent as long as possible, in our own homes, living our lives without someone looking over our shoulders. At least, that’s the cultural bias among many Americans. But the aging process all too … Continue reading

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Five Keys to Caring for Your Aging Parent Long-Distance

Maybe you live in a major city where you’ve found excellent career opportunities and built a life for yourself and family, half a continent away from your mom, who still lives in the home where you grew up. Or maybe … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead for a Medical Crisis: Must-Have Directives, Consents and Contact Information

There’s a medical crisis: Your mother falls, breaks her hip and lands in a hospital, then is transferred to a nursing home to recuperate. She’s elderly, frail and confused by the hospitalization. But she’s never named a health proxy. Medical … Continue reading

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