Living Will

A living will is also a type of advance directive that expresses how a physically or mentally incapacitated person wishes to be treated in certain medical situations.

In a living will, the person may state, among other things, his or her wishes regarding artificial life support. This document generally comes into play once a doctor decides that a person is incapacitated and unable to communicate his or her desires regarding life-sustaining treatment.

Some states may require a particular form for a living will; in others, it may be drafted by the person’s attorney. Check local laws.

*Once legal documents are filled out, the individual living with dementia, the caregiver or a trusted family member, the attorney, and health care professionals should all have copies.*