Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wise Words from a Wise Man: Charles Sabatino on Advance Care Planning

BIFOCALJuly-August2013_cover_jpg_imagep_107x141The August issue of the e-Journal from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging is now circulating. It is a particularly rich issue of Bifocal, including articles on the critical importance of evidence-based priorities for support of legal services, comparative state information on use of POLST forms, and a report on funding of 11 new legal service projects by the Administration on Aging.

My favorite article, however, is by Charlie Sabatino, titled "Eight Advance Care Planning Lessons That Took Me Thirty Years to Learn." I suspect seasoned elder law attorneys might join me in concluding that this article should be mandatory reading for all general practitioners (and health care providers?!). The over-simplified reliance on "form book"living wills needs to be changed. As Sir Charles implies, lawyers can be part of the solution and should be less a part of the problem.

Any additional observations on the practical problems with advance care directives?

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