Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Families

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APPENDIX C
Living Wills

A living will is a declaration that the signer does not want certain extraordinary medical procedures used to preserve his life if he is terminally ill. In addition, a patient may appoint another person to make decisions as his health-care agent if he can no longer do so himself.

Because the requirements for a valid living will vary from state to state, the document that follows is just an example. As of May 1992 only three states do not allow living wills, although they do recognize healthcare agents: Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York. It is valuable to have a living will even if your state would not recognize it now because the laws may change. The Choice In Dying organization distributes documents appropriate for each state to its members; contact them at the address listed in Appendix A.

Declaration made this ________ day of ____________________.
(month, year)

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