Much time, thought, and energy--under the best of circumstances--go into planning end-of-life directives. In the olden days this no doubt consisted primarily of a will. Today, in our more complex society, additional important aspects of estate planning impact not only who is beneficiary of our worldly goods after death, but--on earth-- our very life itself.
We never know when something serious could happen that sends us to the hospital; and I doubt any of us keep advance directives in our purses, wallets, or smartphones. Thus, this New Old Age column (which instructs us to give copies to our primary care doctor, "health care decision-makers" and keep copies for ourselves) is worth the quick read.
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