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7 Critical Traits for Your Healthcare Agent

7 Critical Traits for Your Healthcare Agent ...

Serving as a healthcare agent is a huge responsibility. You should choose your healthcare agent carefully. Look for these 7 traits to make a wise selection.

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What does Do Not Resuscitate Really Mean?

What does <em>Do Not Resuscitate</em> Really Mean? ...

Stephanie scrambled to find a place for her 89-year-old mom, Betty, after she was discharged from the hospital. During the intake process at the nursing home, the nurse asked Betty her feelings about signing a “Do Not Resuscitate” code status form. Betty was uncertain and a bit

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Warning for Blended Families!

Warning for Blended Families! ...

Discussing end-of-life healthcare preferences is crucial for blended families. The recent death of 82-year-old radio personality Casey Kasem demonstrated the tumult that can arise when adult children and a stepparent disagree over the medical treatment decisions for a loved one. Unfortunately, their dispute became fodder for the

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10 Essential Resources to Help You When You’ll Need it Most

10 Essential Resources to Help You When You’ll Need it Most ...

I remember seeing the tiny shape of my baby on the ultrasound monitor when I was pregnant with my first child. I can still remember the anticipation of his birth. With unbridled excitement, I mapped out the resources I would need to be a successful mom. I

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Are You in Denial Regarding the End of Your Life? You’re Not Alone

Are You in Denial Regarding the End of Your Life? You’re Not Alone ...

Fear is a powerful force. We are physiologically designed to respond to fear with a fight-or-flight reaction. We battle and overcome (fight)—or we avoid and deny (flight)—the source of our fear. Fear of death and dying can foster denial. Are you in denial regarding how the end

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How to Talk with Your Parents About Their End-of-life Healthcare Wishes

How to Talk with Your Parents About Their End-of-life Healthcare Wishes ...

Do you know what medical care your parent(s) want in a life-threatening crisis? Will you and your siblings agree on what is best for your mom or dad? Are you dreading this conversation? Avoiding the discussion can have dire consequences. Without clear instructions regarding a parent’s treatment

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Why Beginning with the End in Mind Matters to You

Why Beginning with the End in Mind Matters to You ...

Thank you for visiting my blog.  As we begin this journey together, I want to start by sharing my purpose in writing. I have launched this blog as my contribution to a national conversation about end-of-life care planning. Our country’s aging demographics have heightened the relevance of

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Will You Want Less—or More?

Will You Want Less—or More? ...

“Less is more” is a common phrase bantered about. Will it apply to your choices for end-of-life healthcare treatment? Who will know your wishes? Our healthcare system is designed to deliver all available treatment when a patient is in crisis. The primary objective is, of course, to

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Make Dying Personal – Write a Healthcare Directive

Make Dying Personal – Write a Healthcare Directive ...

One hundred years ago, most stories about the passing of a loved one looked about the same. Family members cared for the sick and dying at home. Family gathered around a loved one, comforting one another as they watched life wane from a father, mother, brother, sister,

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