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Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

People once avoided certain topics, like talking about death and dying, but that's slowly changing. Here is why those discussions are so important to individual patients, their families and friends.

If I become demented and don't know my family and can't enjoy anything about my life, I don't want to hang around. I want to die with dignity and protect my family. Here's my plan to voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED).

I can't abide the idea of subjecting my family to the emotional strain (and financial drain) of my long slide into demented oblivion. There's are ways to prevent that scenario from happening.

There is an entire set of literature about the topic of not feeding at the end of life. It even has its own acronym, VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).

New bills and recommendations look to pay doctors and patients to chat about end-of-life care plans and advance health care directives.

Dementia patients with end-of-life care instructions in place were three times less likely to experience fear and anxiety in their final days.

If elders live in assisted living, skilled nursing or a nursing home, and they don't have the proper legal documents in place, doctors might not discuss chronic conditions or even life and death health care decisions with caregivers.

Family caregivers work tirelessly to ensure their loved ones’ health and happiness, but many don’t realize that there’s a legal component to their role. Without these crucial healthcare documents, you may not be able to help when your elder needs it most.

An advance directive is a legal document that identifies a person’s health care preferences in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Advance care planning provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members.

Familiarize yourself with the basic legal documents and forms that seniors and their caregivers use to create cohesive legal, financial and medical plans for the future.

Much has been debated regarding seniors and anesthesia. Here is how you can decide if your elderly parent should risk taking anesthesia for surgery.

A Do Not Resuscitate Order is a legally binding physician’s order for a patient, that no steps will be taken to restart a person’s heart when it stops or to get a person breathing again.

Known as advanced care planning, have a conversation with your elderly parents on wills, living trusts, health care proxies, etc. before they get sick.