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When Your Loved Ones Hold Your Life in Their Hands
Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:13 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: Huffington Post) - Imagine your life partner was in a coma, and the doctors tell you he is probably never going to come back. Would you stop his life-sustaining care if it were up to you? If your wife suffered from advanced dementia and needed life-saving heart surgery, would you authorize it?

It would be much easier to answer "yes" to these questions if you had a piece of paper (an Advanced Care Directive), signed by your loved one, telling you exactly what to do if this worst-case scenario occurred. Then, all you'd have to do is speak up in the voice of your loved one and put your own values and guilt aside. Without clear instructions from the patient, you may live the rest of your life wondering if you'd done the right thing.


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