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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – May 2012

Take Charge of Decisions About Your Medical Care

Format: Tip Sheet
Institute: National Institute on Aging (NIA)

If an accident or illness left you unable to make decisions on your own, would your wishes for medical care be followed? Advance Care Planning, a new tip sheet from NIA, describes the steps you can take to make sure your doctors and family members know your wishes about medical care in a life-threatening situation. The eight-page publication discusses emergency treatments, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and ventilator use; how to think about the medical care you'd want if you became incapacitated; and how to create a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and related legal documents. The tip sheet also includes an advance directive wallet card and list of other resources.

Next Steps

You can read or download Advance Care Planning at To order free print copies, visit the Web site or call (800) 222-2225 or (800) 222-4225 (TTY).

This page last reviewed on August 21, 2012

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