Failing to express your final wishes creates the possibility that your family will wind up fighting over decisions that you'd prefer to make yourself. At www.agingwithdignity.org, you can review "Five...

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Failing to express your final wishes creates the possibility that your family will wind up fighting over decisions that you’d prefer to make yourself.

At www.agingwithdignity.org, you can review “Five Wishes,” a document that helps you describe how you want to be treated in the event that a serious illness or injury leaves you unable to speak for yourself.

Valid as a living will/health-care proxy document in 35 states, including Washington state, the document allows you to tell your family and physicians who you want in charge of your health-care decisions when you can’t make them, which medical treatments you want or don’t want, the level of comfort you expect, how you want to be treated and what you want loved ones to know.

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Individual copies of Five Wishes are $5 each, or $1 each for orders of 25 or more. For more information, and to order Five Wishes, go to www.agingwithdignity.org, or call toll-free 888-5WISHES (888-594-7437).

Syndicated columnist Chuck Jaffe produces Financial Housekeeping.