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Advance directives and other medico-legal documents, including anything that is important to prepare and be ready to produce to help with navigating the healthcare system.

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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.



Explorer Discussions: Advance directives

The Conversation: End of Life Wishes, Providence

In Part 1 of our "End of Life" discussion, Beth Levow, a volunteer with the “The Conversation Project”, explains the resources this Boston-based non-profit program offers to enable conversations about one’s wishes for end-of-life care with family members, friends, physicians, and others. .........Read more

Decisions for Later in Life @SFV

The group discusses the types of decisions and documentation that tend to assure that one's desires concerning person and property are known and followed late in life. .........Read more

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

The MOLST form: End of Life Wishes, Providence

Ensuring that one's wishes will be followed means care in selecting an "agent" having a durable power of attorney for health care.  Another important step in Rhode Island is completing a "MOLST."  In Part three of our discussion on end of life wishes at the Providence circle, Dr. Pat Gifford, a... .........Read more

Terminology: End of Life Wishes, Providence

In Part 2 of this discussion related to planning for the end of one's life, Pat Mattingly clarifies some of the terms used, such as “health care advanced directives,” “designated agent,” “durable power of attorney for health care.” 

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PREPARE for your care

PREPARETM for your care is a didactic in the form of a series of documents and film clips which are intended to instruct the viewer how to make medical decisions and document them so they can be realized at a later time.


Stanford Letter Project: Advance Directive

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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.


The Conversation Project

Conversation Starter Kit, The Conversation Project

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 - Have Important Medical Information for First Responders

Vial of Life

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




Vynca provides secure cloud storage of a person's Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and advance directives - 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 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 - To Plan and Honor End-of-Life Decisions

Caring Advocates

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



Everplans for the elderly

This web site provides an online secure place for storing a variety of documents such as wills, advance directives, and insurance documents. The idea is that in an emergency you can access them easily, and you set up in advance a list of others who can also access them in an emergency.



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