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Analysis & Exploration: Advance directives

Make Your Health Care Wishes Known - Easily

The New Old Age blogger Paula Span has recetly written an immensely helpful piece on new ways each of us can make our health care advance directives known. .........Read more



Explorer Discussions: Advance directives

The Big Age-Related Problems we Worry About

SF Village explorers take on the task of listing challenging topics facing elders in later life. .........Read more

Access Your Medical Records in a Flash

Explorer Jan tells the group that her Book Group at SRC is promoting the idea of residents having their complete medical records on a USB 'flash' drive formatted for that purpose. .........Read more

Big Decisions for Later in Life Discussed

SF Village Explorer Bob reflects on some of the important decisions about later life that are concerning him, and he is joined in the discussion by others who see this area as important as they explore becoming the leading edge of the Boomer generation. .........Read more

Medical Data Storage and Retrieval Discussed

Explorer Rich tells the group about an Apple medical app called Medical ID, which operates from the lock screen and allows quick access by responders to important medical information in an emergency .........Read more

Finding a Health Advocate: SSF Explorers like IoA

Sequoias Explorers learn about a Health Advocate service offered by the Institute on Aging from Explorer Shirley. .........Read more

POLST form, Medical directives, Flashdrive or Medallion?

This group discussed POLST forms, why one needs a paper version, and the attractive idea of having one's medical wishes and history accessible with a phone call to a number on a medallion around one's neck, or perhaps on a USB drive attached to one's person. .........Read more


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Useful Products & Resources: Advance directives (shared by our Explorers)

advance directive

The Stanford Letter Project - Advance Directive - is an online form in a letter template that is intended to allow persons to document what matters most to them and what treatments they want in the future.

Plan Your Lifespan

Northwestern University offers a website for people who want to anticipate health related choices in later life, to familiarize themselves with alternatives, and create a plan of action for possible eventualities.

Conversation Starter Kit

The Conversation Project is a website intended to evoke discussion among family or friends to facilitate talking about values and wishes that often go unsaid.

Vial of Life

The vial contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment.

POLST, Vynca, end of life health care directives

Vynca provides secure cloud storage of a person's Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) - their end-of-life wishes - in a way that any care provider can access that information and provide informed care rather than default to heroic measures.

MedicAlert Bracelets

MedicAlert is a nonprofit organization that provides bracelets and other wearables that alert healthcare workers to serious medical conditions when you may be incapacitated.  This is especially useful for the elderly who may be unable to notify healthcare workers about allergies or other medical...

Caring Advocates

Caring Advocates provides help with: Living Wills; Evaluation and planning; Advance Directives.

Everplans for the elderly

This web site provides a tool to help make a plan for all kinds of events at all life stages. For Aging Parents it helps with: Decisions about living situations; Medical decisions; Getting paperwork organized; Pre-Plan a funeral .. or at least talk about funeral wishes.

Advance Directives, Health Care Wishes. Registry

An advance health care directive lets your physician, family, and friends know your health care preferences, including the types of special treatment you want or don't want at the end of life, your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and organ...



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