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Advance care planning

As you age, it is important to plan for future decisions about your medical care and to discuss those decisions with loved ones. Check out these articles to learn more about advance directives, choosing a health care proxy, and other ways to get your affairs in order.

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Advance Care Planning Worksheets

Advance care planning worksheets from NIA can help you discuss and prepare for the future. You can download, print, and copy the worksheets.
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Choosing A Health Care Proxy

A health care proxy — also known as a representative, surrogate, or agent — is a person who can make health care decisions for you if you are unable to communicate these yourself.
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Preparing a Living Will

A living will is a legal document that tells doctors how you want to be treated if you cannot make your own decisions about emergency treatment.
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