Monday, June 25, 2018

Opinion

Voice of the People 03/01/18

New advance directive lauded

Advance directives are documents signed when we are of sound mind to inform those who will be taking care of us in the future — usually our power of attorney — how we want our finances handled and what we would want for medical care under particular circumstances.

Until now, there was no advance directive addressing one’s preference for medical treatment when suffering from dementia. The National Public Radio show “On Point” recently discussed a new advance directive form created to address one’s wishes in the event of the development of dementia. Though not legally binding, it could be an invaluable guide to those making future health care decisions regarding the level of care you wish to receive in the event of the occurrence of mild, moderate or severe dementia.

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Over a period of five to 20 years, people with dementia lose their memory and the ability to understand what is going on around them; may become aggressive, striking out at people they love; gradually lose the ability to speak, eat and walk; and eventually die from the disease, often from dementia-related pneumonia. Find “Health Directive for Dementia” at dementia-directive.org. Other advance directive forms may be found at dhs.wisconsin.gov/​forms/​advdirectives/​adformspoa.htm.

Act now to do what you can to control your future care, save spending money on unnecessary/​unwanted medical care or avoidable legal costs, ease the burden for those making decisions for you in the event you are no longer able to make your own decisions, and bring everyone involved the peace of mind that your desires can be followed because they have been expressly communicated. Complete these forms and provide copies to the appropriate parties.

If you need assistance, contact your local aging/​senior services agency or your attorney for direction.

JEANNE LARSON

Phillips

Obstructionism painful for many

The media, Hollywood and other celebrities, and Democrats, are furious about losing the 2016 presidential election.

Blinded by their fury, they’ve taken to calling our president some really “choice” names: misogynist, sexist, Islamaphobic, xenophobic, dangerous, fearmonger, divisive, unprincipled, hateful, shameful, liar, crazy, mentally ill, racist, etc. They throw these names at him like someone tossing a grenade.

Whatever happened to the kindly saying, “If you can’t say something nice about a person, don’t say anything”? When are the Trump-haters going to get over their temper tantrums and settle down and try to do something for the betterment of the American people?

It must be hard for a person to get up every morning and think of new ways to cut the legs out from underneath our duly elected president.

Obstructionism hurts our citizens and our nation.

LANE JACKSON

Eau Claire 


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