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Things To Consider in Completing an Advance Directive for Healthcare

Many people think that Advance Healthcare Planning is only for elderly and ill people. While the actions of completing and discussing these documents are very important for those who are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, it is important for all adults to consider our wishes should we one day be unable to
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Ten Helps for an Alzheimer’s Family

Like millions of other people, my neighbor Bob cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease. For three years, I watched Bob’s wife, a once bright and vivacious woman, turn into a shell of her former self. When I met them in the condo hallway, she gave me a blank look. Then Bob gently told her, “Say hello.” With
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Talking About End-of-Life Decisions With Your Parent

When we were children and adolescents, our parents had the challenging responsibility of talking with us about difficult topics. Teaching us the facts of life, guiding us to choose good friends, and cautioning us about smoking and drug use were never easy discussions to have. Raising these topics was doubly hard
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Let’s Talk About Death

“I know this is gross…” “I know this is morbid…” “If I die…”  One thing that all people have in common is the fact that someday we will die. It’s a part of living. From the moment we are born, we are dying. And yet it is one of the most difficult conversations to start and to have. Because we
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The Importance of Having a Living Will

It’s not just the elderly who should seriously think about having a living will. Adults of any age can be unexpectedly incapacitated when they have reached a potential end-of-life medical crossroads. A living will makes clear your wishes during times when you cannot speak for yourself – for instance, if you are in
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