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Why It's Important To Make End-Of-Life Decisions Early

04/09/2015 10:35 am ET | Updated Apr 09, 2015

A recent case in Iowa involving a former state senator accused of sexually abusing his wife, a dementia patient at a nursing home, is raising the question of whether a woman with such a condition can consent to sex.

A discussion of the case led HuffPost Live to explore the ways to avoid such conflicts by starting conversations about end-of-life protections and decisions, such as compassionate contracts and "pre-problem" documents.

Roberta Flowers, co-director at the Center for Excellence in Elder Law, said, "There are lots of things that we want to talk about when we talk about end-of life decisions and decisions that need to be made before you get to the place where you need those documents."

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