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Experts urge all adults to make their final wishes known though health care proxies

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Thomas Curran, MD & Robert Olick, JD, PhDDiscussing death can be uncomfortable, but if you don’t have a plan, your fate may be left up to others should you become incapacitated, advise two experts. Getting a health care proxy is free and easy, say Thomas Curran, MD, assistant professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate and chair of the Ethics Consulting Service at Upstate and Crouse hospitals, and Robert Olick, JD, PhD, associate professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate and chair of Upstate’s Ethics Committee. They explain terms such as living will, power of attorney and “do not resuscitate” and urge all adults to discuss their final wishes with loved ones.


Understanding the importance of advance directives

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Upstate nurse practitioner and palliative care specialist Patricia Lippincott Knox, MSN, FNP, helps us understand the importance of advance directives – the planning and documents that instruct others about your medical care should you be unable to make decisions on your own – including a living will, health care proxy, and do not resuscitate order (DNR). 

Resources: Caring Connections – provides free advance directives and instructions; Advance care planning, from the NYS Department of Health; Respecting Choices