Healthy Aging - Getting the Medical Care You Need
Managing your health care continued...
For more information on how to organize your medical
information, see the topic
Organizing Your Medical Records.
Advance directives such as a living will and a medical
power of attorney can ensure that you will get the care you want if you become
physically or mentally unable to make your own medical decisions. A living will
states your wishes about your medical care. A medical power of attorney gives a
person you choose (your health care agent) the authority to make medical
decisions for you if you become unable to make these decisions for yourself. In
addition to putting your advance directives in writing, also be sure to clearly
communicate your choices to all family members who might be involved in your
health care in the future.
For more information, see: