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Veterans Deserve Respect, Not Sly Coercion in Advance Care Planning, Says Aging with Dignity President
Date:8/19/2009

s and to the larger cause of good advance care planning," Malley said.

"Aging with Dignity was founded on the principle that each person's dignity is to be respected and protected, particularly in times of serious illness or near the end of life," Malley said. "We've long rejected the idea that medical decisions should be based on a person's abilities or disabilities. These decisions surely should not be directed by a 50-page book that focuses, among other things, on 'what it means to be a vegetable.'"

Aging with Dignity is the creator and distributor of the Five Wishes advance directive, the closest thing in America there is to a national advance directive. Some 13 million copies of Five Wishes are in national circulation, distributed by 15,000 partner organizations. Five Wishes is available in 23 languages and allows users to state in their own words what kind of life support treatment they want or don't want in case of serious illness. The document is easy to use and also speaks to personal, family and spiritual issues - the things people say matter most to them.

"The best advance directives are neutral in that they don't aim you one way or another," Malley said. "They should empower you and affirm your intrinsic self-worth."


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