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cjh1203 posted:
I read about this site today in a letter to the Editor of our local newspaper.

It gives some great information and advice about preparing for end-of-life care, and talks about advance directives and powers of attorney, etc. It looks like a great resource.

One thing that I found especially interesting is that you can add a provision to your advance directive, stating what you do and don't want to be done if you develop dementia. That is comforting to me, because I had always assumed you just had to suffer through the years-long, horrible process of dying from Alzheimer's or other dementia. I'm definitely going to add that language, to minimize the suffering of my family and me, should I develop dementia.

Judith L London, PhD responded:
Hi Carol,

Thanks for the incredibly good suggestions and comfort you offer all the time. I, too, have discussed with my loved ones what my wishes are in the event that I develop dementia, and put this in writing. It needs to become a standard part of all advanced directive formats.

Keep up the good work,
cjh1203 replied to Judith L London, PhD's response:
Thanks for the kind words, Judy.

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend.


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