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End of Life Planning

Seniors are living longer and sometimes even healthier lives. Some of this is due to changes and trends in lifestyle. Some of this longevity is due to medicines and medical technology. Living longer should be a good thing, right?

Prolonged life comes with its own challenges. Living longer increases the need for end-of-life planning. This includes financial planning, management of one's own body with its normal deterioration, social changes, and navigating family dynamics, to name a few examples.

How does one identify the pros and cons of longevity versus quality of life? How does a senior begin the process of identifying and communicating his or her wishes regarding these issues? There is a big push in the medical setting to encourage people at any age to consider advance directives. What are advance directives and how can they help?