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Have you documented and communicated your medical and personal wishes to your family should you be unable to make those decisions for yourself in the case of a health crisis or end of life? Do they know what treatments you want and do not want? Have you even had this discussion with your family or others who are close to you? Why not? When you are in a medical crisis and you are not able to make a decision for yourself, that right is taken away and given to the person you designate as your health care agent. Do you have one? What now, your care and inner most needs to the last of your moments will be decided by someone else and potentially in total contrast to what you would want.
My guest today is Paul Malley, CEO of Aging with Dignity that is primarily known for being the creator and distributor of the health care directive called Five Wishes. It is a booklet that discusses: the person I want to make decisions, the kind of treatment wanted or not, how comfortable I want to be, how I want people to treat me and what I want my loved ones to know. These are the Five Wishes.
This show is not just for elderly, it is for everyone over the age of 18. The website is here and booklets can be ordered on the website. There is also information to get a copy in an emergency.
Warning: once you are deemed incapacitated and unable to make decisions on your own, your power of choice is gone. Talk, speak up, get it written down and have a legal form done now.
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It's good to talk.