Don't wait for a crisis. This can become part of your family's routine care. The conversations should be repeated over time, because preferences may change as people age. The result will be better care for your loved ones and peace of mind for all of us.
Not long ago, a new medical epidemic arose: 'the cancer.' When people started to live longer, their aging bodies began to succumb to this disease we only poorly understood. Looking back, it is clear that much has changed for the better.
Elsewhere in the country, President Obama has been very intentional about nominating diverse pools of qualified nominees, in an effort to have our federal courts reflect the people whom they serve. The Georgia slate is a troubling outlier.
We know that setting annual (and ever-rising) targets in NCLB put pressure on states to keep their "cut scores" modest so they didn't unintentionally label every school in their jurisdiction as failing.