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End of Life

  • Advance Care Planning
    Get your advance directive papers in order. Read about having a health care proxy and living will to plan for medical, palliative, and hospice care. 
  • End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care
    This 68-page guide discusses key issues at the end of life. Topics include finding hospice care, what happens at the time of death, managing grief, and preparing advance directives along with resources for more information.
  • Getting Your Affairs in Order
    Get your legal and financial affairs in order before a medical emergency happens. Read about legal documents such as advance directives, find out what other papers to have on hand, and learn why it’s important to let family or friends know where to find these items.
  • Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
    Find information for those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers about healthcare and financial planning, advance directives, and where to go for legal help. Also includes a list of steps to take and other resources for advance planning.
  • Mourning the Death of a Spouse
    Get help for your grief and sorrow after the death of a spouse. Find information on the grieving process and what you can do to help yourself cope.
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation for Older Donors and Recipients—Resources from the U.S. Government
    Find how to be an organ donor or receive transplants as an older adult, as well as government & other resources on organ donation and transplantation.