Atul Gawande is the surgeon/author who,after dealing with the final illness of his father, wrote the bestseller, Being Mortal, in which he meditates on how we can better deal with age-related frailty, serious illness and approaching death. He is a wonderful writer and thinker.
Overkill, his most recent article for the New Yorker, carried this subtitle:
An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
One of the best things we can do is prepare an advance directive that spells out for doctors and other healthcare providers what we want them to do, and what we don't want them to do.
I've just revised my will and my advance health care directive. This
led me to write three posts for my blog on these directives.
One is a general description of the advanced directive, living wills, and health care proxies -- bit.ly/1Vggvlh. It is preceded by two posts with the text of my standard directive and the text of a special provision that I hope will give my health care proxy the power to authorize VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking) if I have dementia that has progressed to the point where I can no longer communicate