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Planning for Living Well

It's never too early to start thinking about how we retain our individual independence, quality of life, and dignity as we age.  We all face our own aging, vulnerability and mortality. Accepting this and planning ahead is a good way to help us live better as we age.


The Conversation Project, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

6 Steps Advance Directive, a nonprofit public service resource by Richard Stuart


Being Mortal  by Atul Gawande

The Five Invitations  by Frank Ostaseski

My Mother, Your Mother  by Dennis McCulloch

I'm Dead. Now What?

Don't leave a mess for your loved ones. Instead, leave all the information they need to take care of your belongings, business affairs, and wishes. This practical and not-at-all morbid book walks you through the important stuff: personal information, medical information, key contacts, dependents, documents, financial information, insurance, who will care for your pets, how to handle your email and social media accounts, personal wishes, last words, and other vital details. Hardcover, 96 pages.

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Being Mortal, a Frontline documentary. Free online at YouTube link:

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