Three myths regarding Advance Care Planning:

1. “My spouse knows what I want.”
When “that time comes, “the person you trust now may not be willing, or available, or able to convince the opposition to honor your wishes (without your clear expression of your specific wishes).

2. “I already have a Living Will.”
Most Living Wills are NOT effective for Advanced Dementia. To be certain your future physician will provide the most aggressive treatment to relieve pain and suffering (if needed), you need to sign another form. Few people know they can have TWO Living Wills.

3. “I am at peace with my choice for DNR (Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate).”
Many people are not informed that they might survive an arrest but still avoid chest compressions; or that having a DNR order puts them at risk for being denied treatments they DO want; or that Living Wills put them at risk for not receiving resuscitation that they may still want.

Stanley A. Terman, PhD, MD—introduced by Karen Wyatt, MD, of End Of Life University (Feb, 2014)(2:39)

Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D., founded this non-profit organization in 2000 and is its current CEO and Medical Director.

Dr. Stanley Terman’s Opinion About a Patient's Mental Capacity to Make Treatment Decisions. Jan 2012 (1:04)

A recorded opinion may silence anyone in the future who claims you did not really know what decisions you were making, especially if you had memory problems or were on pain meds.

Casey Kasem's Living Will did not work for Dementia. How to make sure your Advance Directive works. (22:00)

June 18, 2014 presentation by Dr. Terman, to the San Diego Dementia Consortium.

Advance Care Planning is important

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Karl E. Steinberg, MD; Past President, California Association of Long Term Care Medicine; Editor-in-Chief, Caring for the Ages.