May 17, 2021

Interviewer: Planning for the inevitable, geriatrician Dr. Natalie Sanders, what are three things that you should have in order if you're an older adult?

Dr. Sanders: The first thing is to make sure that you talk with your family or your friends about what it is that you want the end of your life to look like. And then secondly, it's really important to name a durable power of attorney for health care, so that's someone who you would feel comfortable making decisions on your behalf, and it doesn't always have to be your family. It can be a trusted friend. And then the last thing is get it in writing, so either through a living will or advanced directive.

So there's lots of resources available online. One of them is The other is All of us, regardless of age, should pick a time and a place, make a commitment to start having this conversation.

updated: May 17, 2021
originally published: April 2, 2018

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