September 15, 2020 6 minute to read ∙ 1400 words

Elder Abuse and Guardianship: End of Life Decisions in the COVID-19 Era

By Deirdre M.W. Lok, Meredith Levine, and Tristan Sullivan-Wilson

Reprinted with permission from Voice of Experience, August 2020. ©2020 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

End of life planning empowers individuals to express their personal wishes about medical intervention during illness and the dying process. This decision-making is complicated and emotional work that involves reflecting on values, beliefs, and cultural traditions. Without advance planning documents, surrogate decision-makers, like a spouse, child, or close friend, are called upon to make these decisions when that individual is no longer able to do so.

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