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Posted on September 24, 2020 at 12:01 PM

Caring Advocates, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) national organization led by Stanley A. Terman, PhD, MD, since 2000, recently posted a new webpage

The webpage begins with a 3-minute video that answers the question, “Can Physician-Assisted Dying work for Alzheimer’s and related dementias?” (This video was viewed almost 8000 times since it was posted directly to YouTube about two weeks ago.)

The webpage includes another short video that explains Dr. Stanley Terman’s illustrated patient decision aid, My Way Cards, which has been continually revised since its introduction in 2009. It is a key component of Strategic Advance Care Planning, a patent pending protocol that is for all terminal illnesses, but is especially for advanced (late-stage) Alzheimer’s and related dementia. 

A third short video illustrates this unique advantage. People engaged in advance care planning can receive either a clinician’s video, or a live phone call or video interview—to receive critical feedback on their Initial Natural Dying Living Will. Why is this important? Advance treatment decisions must be clear, specific, and consistent so proxies/agents can use this evidence  to convince future physicians to honor patients’ end-of-life wishes. 

To compel future physicians to honor their end-of-life wishes, Dr. Terman recommends the FIVE D’s: Demonstrate Diligent Deliberative Decision-making; then add specific strategies designed to overcome such obstacles as third parties who might otherwise sabotage their end-of-life plan. What is the fifth “D”?  Do not live with a false sense of security by underestimating the formidable challenges to get your future physician to write the orders you need and to convince others in authority to let those orders stand.

The webpage offers a fourth video that illustrates the kind of critical feedback visitors can receive FREE, with NO obligation, if they send Caring Advocates a copy of their current living will.

To visit or to recommend this webpage to others, use either: caringadvocates.org/plan or tinyurl.com/StrategicACP , call 800 647 3223 (64 PEACE), or email DrTerman@CaringAdvocates.org.

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