This form is a combined durable poser of attorney for health care and living will for use in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. With this form, you can:
· Appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you, in the future, are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
· Indicate what medical treatment you do or do not want if, in the future, you are unable to make your wishes known. It was prepared by the District of Columbia Hospital Association.
To download a copy, click on the following link: https://ct1.medstarhealth.org/content/uploads/sites/8/2014/09/advance-directive.pdf
A Maryland law called the Health Care Decisions Act says that you can do health care planning through “advance directives.” An advance directive can be used to name a health care agent. This is someone you trust to make health care decisions for you. An advance directive can also be used to say what your preferences are about treatments that might be used to sustain your live. The State offers a form to do this planning, included with this pamphlet. The pamphlet has three parts: Part I, Selection of Health Care Agent; Part II, Treatment Preferences (“Living Will”); and Part III, Signature and
To download the form, click on the following link: https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Health%20Policy%20Documents/adirective.pdf
The “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” form is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments. It: consolidates important information into orders that are valid across the continuum of care, standardizes definitions, reminds patients and providers of available treatment options, and increases the likelihood that a patient’s wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments are honored throughout the health care system. It is signed by a doctor or other qualified health professional and is valid across the continuum of care. It can be posted on your refrigerator, where emergency medical technician know to look if they come to your house.
To read about, download, and complete the form, click on the following link: https://marylandmolst.org/
For the DC form (MOST), click on the following link: https://dchealth.dc.gov/most
For information about Virginia (POST)*, click on: https://www.virginiapost.org/forms
*Virginia POST forms cannot be downloaded online but must be obtained from your physician
Created by the National Council on Aging, Aging Mastery is a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.
Aging Mastery comes in two formats. Click on format below to learn more:
Both versions provide a comprehensive and fun approach to positive aging by focusing on key aspects of health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results. Mastery comes from turning these lifestyle changes into habits that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation.
Results show that program participants have increased their physical activity levels, healthy eating habits, use of advanced planning, social connectedness, and participation in evidence-based self-management programs.
Love’s Way, a new book by Carolyn Parr and Sig Cohen, is the single best resource for aging peacefully that I know of. These two experienced mediators have written a practical and comprehensive guide for anyone conscious of moving from midlife autonomy to increasing interdependence with family or friends. As the subtitle suggests, it’s about “living peacefully with your family as your parents age.”
Carolyn, a local judge and long-time member of Festival Church, draws from her experience in Church of the Saviour as well as her legal practice. Her mediation partner, Sig Cohen, is a retired Foreign Service officer with a keen eye for family dynamics. By alternating chapters, they cover a broad range of issues, from emotional roadblocks and sibling rivalry to economic and legal matters. The personal stories make it accessible and engaging.
Here is the list of topics featured on the back cover:
- How to address family issues such as unhealed sibling rivalries, parental favoritism, greed and secrecy
- How to navigate all the necessary legal documents such as wills and powers of attorney
- How to promote forgiveness in your family and in your own heart
- How to speak truth in love to parents, siblings, and children
- How to let go and heal any family rifts.
Love’s Way can be purchased at The Potter’s House, from Hendrickson Publishers, or ordered from other commercial websites.
-Marjory Zoet Bankson, Seekers Church
In this article in Yes!, an online magazine, Sydney Worth reviews the book Seven Things People Forget To Do Before They Die. This book was written for a Canadian audience but can also be useful to Americans. Amazon describes the book as follows: Death is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones generally died at home with family around them. But in just a few generations, death has become a medical event, and we have lost the ability to make this last part of life more personal and meaningful. Today people want to regain control over health-care decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Talking About Death Won’t Kill You is the essential handbook to help Canadians navigate personal and medical decisions for the best quality of life for the end of our lives. Noted palliative-care educator and researcher Kathy Kortes-Miller shows readers how to identify and reframe limiting beliefs about dying with humor and compassion.
The first on the list of things people forget to do is:
1. Use the D-words.
Death, dying, and dead. Clear language rather than euphemisms such as “passed away” or “transitioned” can help loved ones recognize end of life as a normal event and provide better support.
To read about all seven things that people forget to do, click on the following link: https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/death/die-do-before-bucket-list-20190827
To read the Washington Consumer Checkbook articles on aging in place, click on the following link: https://www.checkbook.org/washington-area/aging-in-place
A long-time Seeker who has moved to Vermont plans ahead for her death. Read about her experience by clicking on the following link: McMakin-Looking Forward-Draft_Rev9-2019-0909 (1)
the Montgomery College Institute for Lifelong Learning (http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/ce/lifelonglearning.html) offers a number of courses on financial planning that help participants plan their financial futures. Courses include:
- Health care insurance for retirement
- The Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees and retireees
- Maximizing Social Security Benefits
- Probate in Maryland: An overview for executors-to-be
- Protecting your hard-earned money (avoiding fraud)
- Retirement distribution strategies
- Retirement planning today
- Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs explained
- Wills and estates
Students 60 and over are eligible for reduced tuition.