Terminology: End of Life Wishes, Providence

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Planning for the end of one's life is not easy.  Pat Matttingly, a retired physician and member of the Longevity Explorers' Steering Committee leads members through brief, thorough presentations and discussions of three aspects of this planning:  

  • Part 1) having "the conversation" about your wishes with your family and others,
  • Part 2) understanding the terminology, and
  • Part 3) preparing legally binding documents to ensure that your wishes are honored.


Part 2: The Terminology, for End of Life

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.” 

The selection of an agent, or preferably an agent and at least one alternate, is probably the most important decision you make, and it is important that the agent(s) both knows and will follow your wishes.  Health care advance directives are made in a document that differs by state and is not legally binding.


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