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Living Will

Why Estate Planning Makes Sense at Any Age

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

This article is intended to provide general information and should not be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consul...

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Doing Your End-of-Life Planning

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

To make matters worse, even when advance directives have been put in writing there are several reasons why patients may still not receive the care they have requested. Here are six common mistakes for you to avoid when doing your own end-of-life planning:

Hip, Hip Hooray

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 02.11.2016 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

The thought of yet another surgery knocked the wind out of me. I was well into double digits when it came to my surgery count, and after numerous orga...

Dodd-Frank: Five Years After

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (hereafter, DF), the most sweeping financial regulatory reform in the United States since the 1930s. Let's have a look at the most noteworthy accomplishments and the biggest failings so far.

Dying Well Means Dying At Home

Allen Frances | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

There should be a statutory, civil right to die for those whose lives are made unbearable by incurable illness. It is an inherent contradiction to be both a libertarian and simultaneously against allowing others to end their lives of pain on their own terms.

Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Every adult -- especially seniors -- should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize any conflicts and confusion with your family and your health care providers if you become seriously illness or when you die.

9 Simple Money Moves You Can Make In 10 Minutes Or Less

LearnVest | Posted 04.21.2015 | Money
LearnVest

Minding your money doesn't have to be time-consuming. No, really! There are plenty of quick and simple steps you can take that can have a positive impact on your financial wellbeing.

Why Your Beneficiaries Are Important

David A. Dedman | Posted 04.12.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

Can you remember who you listed as beneficiary on all your different accounts? Maybe you think you know, but you should review your beneficiary designations on all applicable accounts. Here are some reasons why naming and updating your beneficiaries is so important.

Pass the Peas and Give Me Your Keys: Having 'That' Conversation

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

"You've always been there for us, Dad. Now I need your help. I'd rather that we have these conversations now, in the comfort of your living room, rather than at two o'clock in the morning in the emergency room."

One Of The Greatest Gifts You Could Ever Give Your Family

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

It was heart wrenching to receive a phone call from a friend who had to stand between her two brothers in the hospital waiting room last night. Her two brothers were ready to fight outside of the Intensive Care Unit where their mother lay on a ventilator. For three days my friend's family gathered as they heard the news of her weakening condition.

I on Beauty: Chapter 7 - The Loss of Joan Rivers Highlights End-of-Life Care Issues

Irene Michaels | Posted 11.21.2014 | Fifty
Irene Michaels

Joan Rivers' recent medical condition required her daughter, Melissa Rivers, to make perhaps the most difficult decision of her life.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

Where Are Your Papers?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.05.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Rebekah McCloud UCF Forum columnist My friend of 30 years died recently. Her husband called one Sunday in February to say she was gone. Not unde...

3 Reasons Clergy Need a Healthcare Planning App

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Clergy members are often asked to serve as a formal healthcare agent (also called a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney) for parishioners like Alice.

If You Don't Have A Will, Health Care Proxy And Power Of Attorney, You'd Better Read This!

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Bradford M. Pine

I recently went through the heavy and mournful experience of making end-of-life decisions for a close family friend. It really drove home the importance of planning ahead and crafting a Will and Health Care Proxy to help your loved ones through tragedy, and even death.

Unexpected Results From an Unexpected Resolution

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

I usually don't go for New Year's resolutions, but I'm glad we did this one. I want my voice to be heard loud and clear if there ever comes a time when my family has to make health care decisions on my behalf.

Jaweed Kaleem

Kicking Off New Year With Death Over Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinner...

How to Create a Living Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Creating a living will is one of those things most people plan to do, but rarely get around to actually doing. Less than 30 percent of Americans currently have one. But preparing one now gives you say in how you want to be treated at the end of your life.

Jaweed Kaleem

Death Is On The Menu

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

At 45, Laura Sweet has thrown plenty of dinner parties. The routine has become familiar: Pick a date, email invites, fire up a few favorite dishes, po...

I Want to Stop Living When I Stop Living

David Mager | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Mager

On my 80th birthday I am going to put on a metal wrist band etched with the following words, "Medical Alert -- Do not intubate, ventilate or resuscitate," with a website linked to copies of my living will. Don't waste money on me to keep me alive past my due date.

The New Year's Talk Every Family Needs to Have

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.

When the End Is Near, What Really Matters?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I felt as if ordering hospice care for Ed would be tantamount to signing his death warrant.

Why You Need a Social Media Will

Jason Alderman | Posted 09.22.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

In this Internet era, your legacy will likely live on long after you die. Do your family a favor and spare them from having to deal with these issues by addressing them now.

Affordable Care, Death Panels, and Personal Freedom

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still leaves some big issues unresolved. One of the most significant is care at the end of life.

Savvy Senior: How to Create an Ethical Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.29.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

An ethical will can be a valuable complement to your legal will, as well as a wonderful gift to your family or other loved ones.