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Advance Care Planning: Glossary of Terms

When working through advance care planning, you’ll may encounter some unfamiliar words. Or you may wonder exactly what they mean in the context of advance care planning. As you read through various materials, refer to the list of terms below for clarity on commonly used terms. Advance Care Planning Planning for healthcare you want to receive if you are facing a medical crisis.These are your decisions to make based on your personal values, preferences and discussions with your loved ones.…

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Advance Directives, From A to Z

We’ve summarized an alphabet’s worth of helpful information to help you navigate your way through advance care planning. Advance Directives Advance directives are documents that outline what healthcare and treatment decisions should be made if you are unable to communicate these wishes. They can also identify who you would want to be your voice for your decisions if you are not able to communicate these directly. In Arizona, there are four types of documents that fall under this term: living…

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Taking Stock of Advance Directives with Bob Roth on Money Radio

On October 12, Sara Asher of the End of Life Care Partnership and I had the pleasure of appearing on Bob Roth’s Health Futures podcast, which was broadcast on Money Radio. We sat down for a nice discussion about the importance of Advance Directives—for everyone. The full transcript of our talk is below, and video of the segment can also be viewed here on YouTube.

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National Health Care Decisions Day: A Personal Journey

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and while it is highlighted for only one day each year, the goal is that it will encourage and engage individuals and professionals to have conversations with loved ones and providers about their health care choices. And, that the resources provided throughout this day will guide individuals on how to document these in advance directive documents.   As a clinician who has focused on end-of-life conversations and documentation for many years, one of the…

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