Living Together Without Tying-the-Knot? Why Estate Planning is Imperative!

Marjorie (66), a widow, and Stan (67), a divorcee, have lived together for six years. A decade before, Marjorie watched her husband suffer from Frontotemporal Dementia, which caused him to be violent towards her, until he entered … [Read more...]

Man in Vegetative State Kept on Life Support for a Year to Boost Hospital’s Transplant Survival Rates

Q. I just read a very disturbing article about Darryl Young, a 61 year old Navy veteran who was kept on life support for a year while in a vegetative state. Members of the medical staff didn't offer options such as hospice care to … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: An Advance Directive Specifically for Dementia

Dear Angel, I recently read about Advance Directives that deal only with dementia. What is included in them and is it a good idea to create them in addition to other incapacity planning documents? Thanks! Dee … [Read more...]

Would You Choose Death on Your Own Terms if You Had a Terminal Illness? In Ten States, it’s Legal.

Q. I was recently flipping through the channels to watch Wimbledon on TV. I flipped too far and ended up on the World Series of Poker. When the tennis match was over, I flipped back to the poker competition. A man named Kevin … [Read more...]

A New Miracle Machine Can Keep You Alive Even When Your Heart Stops

Q. My husband, Phil, and I have been married for thirty years. We were faced with a heart-wrenching situation recently, when Phil’s father had a heart attack and was on life support in the hospital. He didn’t have an Advance … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What is a POLST Form and Does it Replace an Advance Directive?

Dear Hayek, When reading about Advance Medical Directives, I saw something about a POLST form. What exactly is that, and if we have one, do we need an Advance Directive also? Thanks! Paul Stuh --- Dear Paul, A POLST … [Read more...]

10 Intriguing Things to Do with Your Cremains When You Die

Pictured: Forevurn Kaleidoscope Urn Steve Munt is a cat lover with a keen interest in outer space. While most grieving pet owners keep their furry friends' remains at home in an urn or buried in the yard, Munt wanted to do … [Read more...]

Advance Directives for Dementia: Making Your Voice Heard When You Can No Longer Remember

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. At that rate, in 2050, it is estimated that the number of people living with dementia will increase to more than 130 million. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: A New Docubank Feature — My Medical Snapshot

Dear Bebe, I carry around my DocuBank Card, and love the peace of mind of having it in my wallet. I have one concern, however. What if I was too incapacitated and in the emergency room. How would doctors know about my medical … [Read more...]

Your Last Wishes Can be as Unique as You Are

Katie was born on July 4th. She got married on that day also and gave birth to her son on July 6th (he was due on the 4th). She was in the military and is a proud American. For her, Independence Day and fireworks have special … [Read more...]