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Advance Health Care Planning Part 2: Why Filling Out Your Forms Is Not Enough

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

In part one of this blog (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-johnson/advance-healthcare-planni_b_7615354.html), I discussed why every mentally-com...

7 Questions To Ask Your Parents Before They Die

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty

Much has been written about living wills and medical directives, yet there is a huge gap in our knowledge about other things that involve our parents...

Advance Healthcare Planning Part One: Not Just for Old People

Judith Johnson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

There's been a big push in recent years to educate the public about Advance Healthcare Planning (AHP). The focus has been primarily on the forms ...

The Conversation Nobody Wants To Have -- But Should

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

It's been over a year since my father's death. In that time, I've struggled to remember him as a well person. He was healthy for my first 45 years of life and yet, hard as I try, I cannot reimagine him as whole. So dramatic was the scenery of his decline, it infected the memories that were amassed underneath.

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.

Why We Avoid Estate Planning

David A. Dedman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

You don't want your relatives and your spouse fighting over some piece of furniture or other trinket. If you are single, then it won't be as obvious as to who gets what, especially if your siblings and parents survive you.

Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

In the end, living wills are a gift -- to yourself and to your family. Because even though I wanted more than anything to leave my mother on life support, I knew that by taking her off of it, I was supporting her vision of life, and helping her control how she died.

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Shahien Nasiripour

'Too Big To Fail' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business

Eleven of the nation's largest banks have failed to convince federal regulators they could safely be wound down if they neared failure, government aut...

Where There Is a Will, There Is the Way to an Enduring Small Business

Lisa Honey | Posted 06.24.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Honey

What will happen to your small business after you pass away? While death may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning for your business this year, the answer to this question is more important than many realize.

Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain a...

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Are You Thinking About End-of-Life Care? You Should Be.

Hilary Young | Posted 03.16.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Having written instructions helps reduce confusion for doctors and medical professionals and also can prevent arguments among family members.

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.

Midlifers Discussing Their Own Death At Dinner Parties

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 09.25.2013 | Fifty

Ah, a lovely dinner with your baby boomer friends: Thai fish cakes, minted pea soup and a nicely chilled Sauvignon Blanc. Also on the menu? The discus...

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.

'Pulling the Plug' on My Mom

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

It used to seem futile to me to keep someone alive when they couldn't respond and had no hope of recovery. But that someone had never been my mother.

9 Ways To Make Things Easier For Your Survivors

Next Avenue | Posted 04.20.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Scott Taylor Smith Take these important estate planning steps now so your loved ones will carry out your wishes prop...

The Conversation Parents NEED To Have With Their Adult Children

Next Avenue | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Lori R. Sackler Avoid family strife down the road by holding key conversations about your estate plans -- now "Wh...

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.

WATCH: The Uncomfortable (And Neglected) Conversation We All Should Be Having

Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living

The vast majority of Americans are not prepared for death, dying and the choices that must be made, which translates to a significant health care cris...

Simon Johnson: Banks' Living Wills Aren't Cure For Systemic Risk

Bloomberg View | Simon Johnson | Posted 07.09.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View On July 3, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Federal Reserve made public portions of the “living wills” developed rece...

Big Banks Say They Can Be Broken Up Without Bailouts

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business

* Fed, FDIC release public portions of living wills * Banks express confidence they can be resolved smoothly * Documents...

Big U.S. Banks Submit Their 'Living Wills'

AP | ALEX VEIGA | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business

Nine of the largest U.S. banks have submitted plans offering roadmaps for how the government could break up and sell off their assets if they are in d...

Banks Submit Living Wills

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2012 | Business

* Plans must show how to close bank safely * Public goal: Stop too-big-to-fail bailouts * Possible resul...