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Think about medical interventions you
would or would not want in case of serious and life-threatening illness. People
typically consider whether they would
want CPR, a ventilator or a feeding tube.
You may want to indicate whether you
want to donate your organs after death.
Once you've completed your living
will, review it with the people you have
named to make healthcare decisions for
you. The more information you can give
them about what you want, the better.
It can ease their struggles if they know
what you would want them to do.
It's a good idea to review these documents as part of your regular wellness checkup. "Healthcare can change
in any direction as you experience ill
health," Revenko says. You might think
you would never want a certain type of
care but then change your mind. Or you
might decide you're done with certain
types of treatments.

Q

What if the Worst
Happens?

It's not enough to have a plan.
Make sure your doctor and loved ones
can access your documents. "Without
the forms, there's no guarantee your
wishes are going to be followed,"
Banach says.
Don't just put them in a safe deposit
box. Keep a copy and give copies to
the person you've chosen to speak for
you and to your doctor. Your doctor's
electronic copy should be available to
hospitals and other doctors who are

caring for you. Some states and organizations provide a brightly colored paper
you can stick to your fridge, so if you
need emergency care at home, the medical personnel can see your wishes.
"You want as many folks and institutions as possible to have it," Banach
says, "so there are no questions about
what your wishes are." ■

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