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An Advance Directive

By Marilyn Mitchell

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Personally, I think every person that drives a car should write an Advance Directive every five years. I recommend updating regularly because technology changes, and some of your choices may seem incorrect as technology makes life more feasible despite disabilities. For example, there are some people that might write into their Advance Directive that they would rather not be kept alive if they are unable to speak, but there is research that makes the possibility of communicating using only your thoughts and a special computer very likely in the near future.  Every person over age 65 should be required to create an Advance Directive since it is very likely at some point they will be relying on health professionals to care for them. Wouldn't you want your wishes known?


Marilyn Mitchell, RN, BSN, MAS has been an RN for thirty years.  She recently completed her Master of Advanced Studies in Health Law from UCSD/California Western School of Law.  She works for Kaiser Permanente in the Service Quality Department.


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