An Advocate for End-of-Life Care

Without a health care proxy, your written instructions for future medical care may not be carried out if you become incapacitated.

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Imagine you had a stroke and can barely speak. Your doctor suggests an experimental drug that is risky but could be highly effective. Your daughter wants you to try it, despite the risk and cost. Your husband is hesitant but the state gives him higher priority in decision making. If you could communicate, you would say, “yes, absolutely.”

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Ann Marie Maloney
Contributing Author, Kiplinger's Retirement Report